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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0006
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the private member’s bill, Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL].

Topic: Roads

Race Relations Act 1965: 50 Years
Published Monday, January 18, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0005
This Lords Library briefing provides background and reaction to the Race Relations Act 1965, which came into force 50 years ago on 8 December 1965.
Committee Procedures for Public Bills: Select Committees
Published Monday, January 18, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0004
Public bills may be committed to a select committee when it is considered that they require detailed investigation or when the hearing of evidence is considered necessary on the bill’s provisions. The most recent occasion on which a Government bill was referred to a select committee was the Constitutional Reform Bill in 2004.
The Military Service Act 1916: 100 Years
Published Monday, January 18, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0003
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a brief overview of the history of conscription in Britain in the First World War to mark the centenary of the enactment of the Military Service Act 1916. It also identifies those countries in the European Union that currently enforce conscription or compulsory military service.

Topic: Armed forces

HM Government's Proposals for Prison Reform
Published Monday, January 18, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0002
This In Focus briefing provides information relating to the Government’s proposed reforms of certain aspects of the prison system and the reaction to these proposals, as well as a brief overview of the Harris Review into self-inflicted deaths in custody of 18–24 year olds and the Government’s response to this Review.

Topic: Prisons

Alcohol Guidelines in the United Kingdom
Published Friday, January 15, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0001
This Lords Library briefing examines the recently updated alcohol guidelines for the United Kingdom.
Strathclyde Review: Secondary Legislation and the Primacy of the House of Commons
Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0062
This Lords Library briefing provides a short summary of the recommendations of the Strathclyde Review and a snapshot of initial reaction to it.
Paris Climate Change Conference 2015
Published Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0061
This Lords Library briefing examines the recent global climate change agreement reached in Paris.
Domestic Violence and Abuse in the UK
Published Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0060
This Lords Library briefing examines the issue of domestic violence and abuse in the United Kingdom.
Spanish Elections: Results and Next Steps
Published Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0059
This Lords Library briefing reports the results of the recent general election in Spain and outlines the constitutional process that will now follow relating to the formation of a government.
Venezuela's Elections
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0058
This Lords Library Briefing examines the results of the recent National Assembly elections in Venezuela.
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 27-29 November 2015
Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0057
This In Focus reports on the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held in Malta.
The UK Government's Official History Programme
Published Monday, December 7, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0056
This Briefing Pack provides material in support of the Question for Short Debate in the House of Lords on the Government's Official History Programme.
Presidential Elections in Argentina
Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0055
This in Focus examines the result of the recent Presidential election in Argentina.

Topic: Latin America

UK Economy: Summary of Key Figures following the 2015 Autumn Statement
Published Monday, November 30, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0054
This In Focus provides key economic figures following the 2015 Autumn Statement.
Devolution to City Regions in England
Published Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0053
This In Focus note examines recent devolution deals to city regions in England.
Elections in Burma (Myanmar), November 2015
Published Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0052
This In Focus examines parliamentary elections in Burma (Myanmar), held on 8 November 2015.
Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill 2015–16
Published Friday, November 20, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0051
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill.
Building a Health-Creating Society
Published Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0050
This In Focus briefing provides some statistics relating to the impact of lifestyle risk factors on health and what this means for the NHS, as well as examining policy responses to these challenges as set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Air Quality and Health in the UK
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0024
This In Focus note provides an examination of air pollution in the UK, and its reported impact on public health.

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