Digital Skills in the United Kingdom
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0051
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 7 September 2017 about the importance of digital understanding at all levels of society. It provides an overview of what is meant by ‘digital skills’ and surveys recent literature on access to, and use of, the internet across society. It then considers digital skills in relation to the economy and sets out key proposals contained in the Government’s UK Digital Strategy 2017. It concludes with an exploration of the term ‘digital understanding’ and highlights recent Ofcom findings on adults’ media use and attitudes.
Customs and Traditions of the House of Lords
Published Monday, August 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0050
This Lords Library briefing describes the customs, traditions, rules of behaviour and courtesies for both Members of the House and the Chamber, their historical origins and development, and their continuing importance to the manner in which the House conducts its business.
Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0049
This Lords Library briefing has been written ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 7 September 2017 on overcrowding in prisons.
Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0048
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill ahead of that Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords, scheduled to take place on 5 September 2017.
Hereditary By-elections: Results
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0047
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of hereditary peers’ by-election results since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, including information on turn out and the number of candidates.
Sexual Offences Act 1967: 50th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0045
This briefing marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 came into force on the 27 July 1967, which brought in changes that would partially decriminalise sexual relationships between men. Beginning with historical offences that criminalised sexual relationships between men, the briefing goes on to discuss the Wolfenden Report, which recommended homosexual behaviour between consenting adults to no longer be an offence. It then sets out the legislative background to the 1967 Act. It discusses the incremental legislative changes decriminalising homosexual acts between men, from 1967 to 2017, including changes brought in to disregard and pardon historical offences.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2017
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0044
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to be held on 30 July 2017. It provides an overview of trafficking globally, and focuses particularly on Trafficking in Persons in relation to the UK.
Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0043
This briefing summarises the recent Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and provides background and reaction to the report.
Transport and Island Communities in England
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0042
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on 20 July 2017 on the transport needs of remote island communities in England.
Deregulation: Government Policy since 1997
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0041
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 13 July on the following motion: "Baroness Andrews to move that this House takes note of the impact of deregulation on, and the role of regulatory enforcement in delivering, public services, health and safety".
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Changes to Membership
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0038
In July 2017, it is expected that three new appointments to the Supreme Court will be announced, including the selection of a new President. In 2018 three further Justices are expected to retire, creating additional vacancies. In light of these anticipated appointments, this House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the background, functions and membership of the Supreme Court.
Hong Kong Handover: 20 Year Anniversary
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0037
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the handover of Hong Kong and suggests sources of further reading on the subject.