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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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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill on 5 February 2020.
Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the House of Lords
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0150
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides background information on ethnic and religious representation in the House of Lords.
Children’s Rights in 2019
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0148
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on children’s rights to mark Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2019.
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0146
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] on 4 November 2019.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence: Report on Adoption Support Fund
Published Monday, October 28, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0118
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 7 November 2019 on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence’s report, published in July 2019, 'Investing in families: the Adoption Support Fund beyond 2020.
World Cities Day, 31 October 2019
Published Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0136
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark the upcoming World Cities Day on 31 October 2019.
Neighbourhood Services: Government Funding
Published Friday, October 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0131
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 24 October 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Greaves (Liberal Democrat), “that this House takes note of the levels of government support for neighbourhood services provided by district councils and other local authorities”.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 4
Published Friday, October 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0128
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 4 of the Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: home affairs, justice, local government, devolved affairs and constitutional affairs.
Funding of Public Services for Young Adults
Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0090
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 18 July 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour) to move “that this House takes note of the impact of, and response to, the funding levels of public services that interact with young adults”.
People of Faith: Persecution in the 21st Century
Published Thursday, July 4, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0087
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on the extent of persecution of people of faith due to take place in the House of Lords on 11 July 2019.
Incidence of Antisemitism Worldwide
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0075
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the incidence of antisemitism worldwide.
Domestic Abuse and the Family Courts: Recent Developments
Published Friday, June 7, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0070
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on domestic abuse and the family courts, including the draft domestic abuse bill.
Free Public Transport and TV Licences for Older People
Published Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0069
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on of the case for the provision of free public transport and TV licences for older persons as a means to alleviate loneliness and isolation and the broader need to maintain well-funded public services to support care for the elderly which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 13 June 2019.
Inequality and Poverty in the UK
Published Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0067
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 13 June 2019. Lord Dubs (Labour) is to move that “this House takes note of inequalities in income, wealth and living standards in the UK since the 2008 financial crisis; and further takes note of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Deaton Review of inequalities in the 21st century in the UK and the final report of the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights”.
Public Procurement: Social Value and the Government’s Civil Society Strategy
Published Thursday, May 16, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0059
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the motion moved by Baroness McGregor-Smith (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the case for increasing the social value of public procurement by aligning it with Her Majesty’s Government’s Civil Society Strategy”.
Earnings: A Long-run Perspective
Published Monday, May 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0057
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on long-run trends in real earnings, placing the weak performance since the financial crisis into a historical perspective.
Equality of Opportunity and Quality of Life for Young People
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on equality of opportunity and beneficial quality of life for young people which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 16 May 2019.
Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0055
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of second reading of the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL].
Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0054
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL] on 13 May 2019.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March 2019
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0032
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark the upcoming International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March 2019.

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