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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0001
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords, which is scheduled for 17 January 2016.
Savings (Government Contributions) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 22, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0072
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the Savings (Government Contributions) Bill (HL Bill 85 of 2016–17).
Future Capability of the UK’s Armed Forces
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0071
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on 12 January about the future capability of the UK’s Armed Forces in the current international situation.
Leaving the European Union: Machinery of Government Changes
Published Friday, December 16, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0070
This Lords Library briefing explores machinery of government changes announced by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on 18 July 2016, in the wake of the United Kingdom’s referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union.
Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 15, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0069
The Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on 7 December 2016 and is due to receive its second reading on 21 December 2016. The Bill seeks to amend and extend the provisions of the National Health Service Act 2006 which relate to the control of the cost of both health service medicines and other medical supplies.
Service User Representation in Health and Social Care
Published Thursday, December 8, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0068
This Lords Library briefing provides information on service user representation in health and social care and Healthwatch.
Digital Economy Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 8, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0067
The Digital Economy Bill is scheduled to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 13 December 2016. The Bill aims to enable access to fast digital communication services for citizens and businesses; to enable investment in digital communications infrastructure; to shape the emerging digital world to the benefit of children, consumers and businesses; and to support the digital transformation of government, enabling the delivery of better public services, world leading research and better statistics. This House of Lords Library briefing gives an overview of the provisions of the Bill. It focuses measures concerning the introduction of a broadband universal service obligation; protection for children from online pornography; public sector data sharing; the BBC and public service broadcasters. It outlines the policy background in those areas, and a summary of some of the key amendments made to the Bill during committee and report stages in the House of Commons.
Leaving the European Union: UK Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service
Published Friday, December 2, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared ahead of the debate on the impact of the withdrawal from the European Union on the United Kingdom’s armed forces and diplomatic service, to be held in the House of Lords on 8 December. The briefing examines current defence capabilities and cooperation between the UK and the EU. It then explores the possible future prospects for UK defence, particularly the role of the armed forces. The latter part of this briefing examines the UK’s diplomatic service, highlighting some of the issues that have arisen about the UK’s diplomatic relationship with the EU and its global role following the UK’s withdrawal. For reasons of brevity, this briefing does not examine the implications of the UK’s withdrawal on wider external relations, such as the UK’s future trade relationships with other countries in and outside the EU, or the impact on overseas development policy. Further reading on these subjects is identified in section 3.
Higher Education and Research Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0065
This House of Lords Library briefing was written ahead of the Higher Education and Research Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords on 6 December 2016.
Corporate Sector: Rights and Responsibilities
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0064
This Library briefing provides information on corporate responsibility and proposals for reform to corporate governance rules.
Leaving the European Union: Future UK-EU Relationship
Published Friday, November 25, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0063
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 1 December 2016 on the best options for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union following the referendum vote to leave.
Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, November 24, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0062
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill.
Leaving the European Union: NHS and Social Care Workforce
Published Friday, November 18, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0061
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 24 November 2016 on the implications of Brexit on the NHS and social care workforce.
Armed Forces: Legal Challenges and Derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0059
On 24 November 2016, the House of Lords will debate the case for limiting the number and nature of claims against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and UK armed services personnel arising out of future armed conflict abroad. On 4 October 2016, the Government announced that it would introduce a presumption to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in future conflicts in order to protect the armed forces from “persistent legal claims”. This briefing will focus on the Government’s recent proposals to derogate from the ECHR. It provides an overview of the legal framework for military operations, summarises some of the key legal claims that have been made against the armed forces, and outlines the work of the Iraq Historic Investigations Team (IHAT).
Strength of the Pound Sterling: Economy and Investment
Published Thursday, November 10, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0058
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 17 November 2016 on the impact of the level of sterling on the economy and investment.
Select Committees in the House of Lords: Updated November 2016
Published Thursday, November 3, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0057
This House of Lords Library Note considers committees in the House of Lords which deal with public matters.
Impact of the Shortage of Housing on Young People
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing presents an overview of housing in the UK, including statistics on housing supply and demand. It considers some of the causes of the housing shortage and explores recent reports that have sought to identify the impact of the housing market on young people. It concludes with a brief summary of government policy in this area.
Leaving the European Union: Funding for Universities and Scientific Research
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0055
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on current university and research funding in the UK and identifies some of the key issues raised about this funding following the UK’s referendum vote to withdraw from the EU.
Government Plans to Promote Social Mobility
Published Friday, October 21, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0054
Ahead of the debate on 27 October 2016 on the Government’s plans to promote social mobility, this Library briefing provides an overview of recent Government announcements in this area and concludes with a discussion of different views on social mobility.
Leaving the European Union: Global Free Trade
Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0053
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information further to the debate on the UK’s departure from the EU and the opportunities for the UK to be an outward looking champion of global free trade.

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