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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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Direct Planning (Pilot) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0049
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Direct Planning (Pilot) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 20 November 2015.
Planning (Subterrranean Development) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0048
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords on the Planning (Subterranean Development) Bill [HL] on 20 November 2015.
Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0047
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 20 November 2015.
Parliamentary Elections in Turkey, November 2015
Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0046
This In Focus note examines the Turkish parliamentary election held on 1 November 2015.
State of Emergency in the Maldives
Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0045
This in Focus examines the recent declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives.

Topic: Asia

Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965: 50 Years
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0044
This In Focus highlights the 50th anniversary of the passing and enactment of the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act in 1965. It then presents some context for this anniversary by providing a snapshot of the situation with regards to the use of the death penalty worldwide.
Tabling of Lords Parliamentary Questions
Published Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0043
This In Focus provides a briefing on the subject of tabling parliamentary questions in the House of Lords. It includes information on the procedure for tabling oral parliamentary questions, as well as statistics on parliamentary questions from the 2014–15 and 2013–14 parliamentary sessions.
Children and Mental Health
Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0042
This In Focus note examines mental health in children and young people in the United Kingdom.

Topic: Mental health

Parliamentary Elections in Poland
Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0041
This In Focus examines Poland's parliamentary elections held on 25 October 2015.
Canadian Parliamentary Elections, 19 October 2015
Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0040
This In Focus note provides a summary of the Canadian parliamentary election which took place on 19 October 2015.
Interception of Communications: The Wilson Doctrine
Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0039
This In Focus provides a briefing on the background and current status of the Wilson Doctrine, which concerns the interception of parliamentarians’ communications.
Tunisia’s Nobel Peace Prize
Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0038
This In Focus examines the background to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet.

Topic: Africa

Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords
Published Thursday, October 22, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0037
This In Focus provides statistics and information about delegated legislation in the House of Lords.
Water on Mars
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0036
This In Focus examines the recent announcement that liquid water has reportedly been found on Mars

Topic: Science

Catalan Parliamentary Elections, 27 September 2015
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0035
This In Focus note examines the Catalan parliamentary election held on 27 September 2015.
Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0034
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 23 October 2015.

Topic: Family law

Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0033
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 23 October 2015.
Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0032
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 23 October 2015.
Measuring Full Employment
Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0031
This In Focus note examines the concept of full employment and how to measure it, in light of the latest labour market statistics released in mid-October, showing the highest employment rate recorded since comparable records began in 1971.
Statistics on Composition of the House of Lords and Changes to the Size of the Membership
Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0030
This In Focus note provides statistics and background information on the size and composition of the House of Lords, and on the number of Members joining or leaving the House (particularly those taking voluntary retirement) over the last 10 years.

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