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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.
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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.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence: Report on Adoption Support Fund
Published Thursday, September 5, 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 11 September 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.
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.
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”.

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