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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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Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0027
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second readingof the Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 11 September 2015.

Topics: Housing, Land law

Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0028
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 11 September 2015.

Topics: Housing, Taxation

Succession to Peerages Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0029
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Succession to Peerages Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 11 September 2015.
Peerage Creations since 1997
Published Friday, September 4, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0026
This House of Lords Library In Focus provides a snapshot of appointments to the House of Lords since May 1997. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under the Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also provides the total numbers appointed by party over the same period.
Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities
Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0025
This In Focus examines the nuclear deal agreed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It also provides a background to the agreement and sets out some of the reaction to the deal.

Topic: Iran

Obesity Levels in England
Published Monday, July 20, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0023
This In Focus note examines the increasing number of adults and children in the United Kingdom classified as 'overweight' or ‘obese’. It examines how obesity is measured, the latest statistics available on the issue, and the reported costs of obesity to the National Health Service and wider economy.

Topic: Obesity

China’s Stock Market ‘Crash’
Published Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0022
This In Focus note examines China’s recent stock market ‘crash’. It also considers events leading up to the crash, China’s response to the crash and the potential impact on the wider economy.

Topic: World economy

Constitutional Convention Bill [HL]
Published Monday, July 13, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0021
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Constitutional Convention Bill [HL] on 17 July 2015.
Accessible Sports Grounds Bill [HL]
Published Monday, July 13, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0020
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Accessible Sports Grounds Bill [HL] on 17 July 2015.
Online Safety Bill [HL]
Published Monday, July 13, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0019
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Online Safety Bill [HL] on 17 July 2015.
Greek Referendum on EU, ECB and IMF Bailout Proposals, 5 July 2015
Published Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0018
This In Focus Note provides information on the 5 July 2015 Referendum in Greece on whether to accept the terms of a bailout package offered by its creditors.
Human Rights in South Sudan
Published Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0017
This In Focus Note highlights the civil war in South Sudan, including the associated violence and alleged human rights abuses the conflict has caused.

Topics: Africa, Human rights

US Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Published Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0016
This In Focus examines the recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court on same sex marriage, including the legal background and reaction to the decision.
The Charleston Shootings and the Protests against the Confederate Flag in the United States
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0015
This In Focus note examines the shootings in Charleston, North Carolina on 17 June 2015 and the subsequent debate surrounding the flying of the Confederate flag.

Topic: North America

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0014
This In Focus note provides a summary of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement between the EU and USA.
Drought in North Korea
Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0013
Following recent press reports on the drought in North Korea, this In Focus note examines the history of North Korea’s food insecurity and the mid-1990s famine. It also considers recent developments in the country’s agriculture and the potential for a new famine.

Topic: Asia

Parliamentary Elections in Denmark, June 2015
Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0012
This In Focus note provides information on the recent general election in Denmark, held on 18 June 2015.
The Salisbury-Addison Convention
Published Friday, June 19, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0011
This In Focus note briefly outlines the Salisbury-Addison Convention, and its interpretation and development.
The Honours System
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0009
Following the publication of the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List, this In Focus note examines the workings of the honours system and proposals for its reform.
Parliamentary Elections in Turkey, 2015
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0008
This In Focus note provides a summary of the Turkish parliamentary elections which took place on 7 June 2015.

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