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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.
Spring Statement 2019: Briefing for Lords Debate
Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0031
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative) that “the Grand Committee takes note of the economy in the light of the Spring Statement”. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, presented the spring statement to the House of Commons on 13 March 2019. No changes to the tax system were announced in the statement, and only a small number of spending measures. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published revised forecasts for the economy and the public finances on the same day.
Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, March 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0030
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 15 March 2019.
Holocaust Memorial Day: 27 January 2019
Published Friday, January 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0011
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on 27 January 2019.
Finance (No. 3) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0007
This House of Lords Library briefing provides summary information on the Finance (No. 3) Bill in advance of its second reading and remaining stages, due to take place in the House of Lords on 7 February 2019. It also identifies relevant reports and useful documents, including parliamentary materials and press articles, which may be of assistance to Members in preparing for that debate.
Local Authority Provision of Essential Services
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 24 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Scriven (Liberal Democrat), “that this House takes note of the ability of local authorities across the United Kingdom to deliver essential services to their communities”.
Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 14, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0004
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill on 18 January 2019.
Impact of Technology on the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0003
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 17 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Kidron (Crossbench) that “this House takes note of the relationship between the use of digital technology and the health and wellbeing of children and young people”.
Islamophobia in the UK
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0142
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 20 December 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Sheikh (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of Islamophobia in the United Kingdom”.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0141
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 20 December 2018, on the motion that this House takes note of the remit of, and arrangements for the handling of evidence by, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Challenges Facing Young People
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0137
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 13 December 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top (Labour), “that this House takes note of the challenges facing young people”.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: 25 November 2018
Published Friday, November 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0128
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2018.
Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0123
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 23 November 2018.
Welfare Changes: Impact on Family Life
Published Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0111
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 1 November 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Bassam of Brighton (Labour) that “this House takes note of the impact on family life of multiple reductions in welfare benefits, universal credit, tax credits, housing benefits and child benefit”.
Race Relations Act 1968: 50th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0109
On 25 October 1968 the Race Relations Act received royal assent. The Act sought to build on the Race Relations Act 1965, which at the time was widely regarded as providing insufficient protection from discrimination, by extending prohibition of racial discrimination in relation to housing, employment and public services, as well as strengthening the Race Relations Board. This briefing sets out the chronology of how the Race Relations Act 1968 came to be passed, referring for context to the passage through Parliament earlier that year of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act.
Affordable Housing
Published Monday, October 22, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0108
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat), “that this House takes note on the case for building more affordable housing”. It describes why there is widely said to be a ‘housing crisis’ which affordable housing might help to solve. It then sets out what affordable housing is, and outlines the arguments for and against building more affordable homes. Finally, it looks at alternative policies for improving housing affordability.
Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014
Published Thursday, September 6, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0095
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate to take place on 13 September 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Harries of Pentregarth that this House takes note of Part II of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 and the effect it has had on third party election campaigning.
In Vitro Fertilisation: 40th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0094
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Baroness Deech (Crossbench) on the “40th anniversary of the first baby born using in vitro fertilisation”.
Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0081
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL] on 20 July 2018.

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