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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.
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Black and Minority Ethnic People in the Workplace in Britain
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0021
This Lords Library briefing presents information on the recently announced review to examine the progression of black and ethnic minority (BME) people within the labour market. It also sets out commentary from a selection of external bodies and the findings from a Government review into BME progression in the civil service. Finally, the briefing references various statistical sources of information on employment by BME status.
Rural Economy: Key Statistics and Recent Developments
Published Friday, April 22, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0020
This Lords Library briefing provides key statistics on the rural economy and a summary recent developments.
House of Lords: Public Offices and Positions Held by Members
Published Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0019
This House of Lords Library briefing presents lists of public offices and positions previously or currently held by Members of the House of Lords as at 23 March 2016.
Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0018
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the provisions in the Bill, and a summary of the Bill’s proceedings in the House of Commons.
House of Lords: Statistical Profile of Membership
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0017
This House of Lords Library briefing presents a range of information about the membership of the House of Lords as the House was composed on Friday 11 March 2016.
2016 Budget: Overview and Reactions
Published Friday, March 18, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0016
This Lords Library briefing provides a summary of 2016 Budget announcements and the immediate reaction.
European Union: Prime Ministers' Speeches and Party Manifestos since 1970
Published Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0015
This House of Lords Library briefing outlines some of the key statements on Europe made by Prime Ministers since 1970 and reproduces the manifesto commitments made at general elections by each party over the same period.
Devolved Legislature Elections, 5 May 2016: Background
Published Friday, March 11, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0014
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information relating to the elections for the devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on 5 May 2016.
Schengen Agreement: A Short History
Published Monday, March 7, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0013
This House of Lords Library briefing sets out a short history of the Schengen Agreement and provides a timeline for major events in its development. It also provides further information on recent developments, including the temporary reintroduction of border controls by member states in response to recent increases in refugees and migrants from outside of the Schengen Area and in response to the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015.
Ministerial Collective Responsibility and Agreement to Differ: Recent Developments
Published Friday, March 4, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0012
This Lords Library briefing provides information on ministerial collective responsibility in the light of the 2016 EU referendum.
The Sovereign's Ceremonial and Formal Role in Parliament Today
Published Friday, March 4, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0011
On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning sovereign in British history. This House of Lords Library briefing focuses on the Sovereign as part of the constitution of Parliament. It captures key aspects of the role of the Sovereign as it relates, in practice, to Parliament today, with an emphasis on the House of Lords. It does this through addressing a selection of the ceremonial and formal roles of the Sovereign: the State Opening of Parliament and its prorogation and dissolution; the calling of a new Parliament, in light of the Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011; Royal Commissions and royal assent; and Queen’s consent. The briefing also addresses a number of aspects of the Sovereign’s communications and relationship with Parliament more broadly, through Addresses and messages and the Palace of Westminster itself. It provides facts and figures relating to Queen Elizabeth II including: the number of Acts that have received Royal Assent during her reign, Addresses given by the Queen to both Houses in Westminster Hall, and the wording of Queen Elizabeth II’s first message to Parliament on her accession to the throne in 1952.
National Bills of Rights: International Examples
Published Friday, February 19, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0010
This House of Lords Library briefing examines the different models of national bills of rights adopted in a selection of countries.

Topic: Constitution

International Women’s Day 2016
Published Monday, February 15, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0009
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information relating to International Women’s Day, due to be marked on 8 March 2016, and the theme this year of gender parity.
Peerage Creations: Appointments to the House of Lords since 1997
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0007
This House of Lords Library briefing provides details of the peerage creations under the prime ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron (up to 25 January 2016).
Size of the House of Lords
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0006
This Library Note provides statistics and background information on the changing size of the House of Lords since the 1992–93 session alongside commentary and debates on the subject of the House’s size over recent years.
Armed Forces Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 25, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0005
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Armed Forces Bill.
Housing and Planning Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 22, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0004
This Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Housing and Planning Bill.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2013–14
Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0003
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the work of the five ad hoc Lords Select Committees which reported in the 2013–14 session.
Identity Cards in the UK
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0002
This Lords Library briefing provides background information ahead of the debate in the House of Lords scheduled for 14 January 2016 on the "potential use of identity documentation in dealing with the challenges of assuring the identity of individuals". It does this through a short chronology of the history of ID cards in the UK over the last century. It then provides more information about two key pieces of legislation: the Identity Cards Act 2006 and the Identity Documentation Act 2010.
Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 1997
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0001
This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of delegated legislation in the House of Lords since 1997.

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