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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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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.
Global Gender Equality and Health
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0074
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on a motion moved by Baroness Sugg, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development, on “the Women Deliver conference held in Vancouver on the 3–6 June 2019, and the role the UK plays internationally in promoting global gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights”.
International Widows’ Day
Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0073
On 19 June 2019, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate a motion moved by Lord Loomba (Crossbench) that asks “Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to empower widows in developing countries and to mark International Widows Day 2019.”. This briefing provides background information on International Widows’ Day and the issues facing widowed women around the world.
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.
Support Available to Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0065
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on domestic violence and abuse which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 6 June 2019.
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0063
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the scheduled second reading committee on the Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] on 12 June 2019.
Knife Crime: Policy and Causes
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0061
This House of Lords Library Briefing explores current government policy in relation to knife crime and some of the possible causes of the recent increase in violent crime.
Parliamentary Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law
Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0058
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on the potential conflict between the right of members to speak freely in Parliament and the obligation under the rule of law to obey court orders. The debate is scheduled to take place on 23 May 2019.
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.
Regulating the Internet: Online Harms White Paper
Published Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0050
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate in the House of Lords on the 'Online Harms White Paper'.
Official Secrets Act 1989: Disclosure of Official Information
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0047
This year, on 11 May, marks thirty years since the Official Secrets Act 1989 received royal assent. It came into force on 1 March 1990 and, among other provisions, replaced section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911 that had made it an offence to disclose any official information without lawful authority.
Party Policies on Europe at General Elections Since 1970
Published Monday, April 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0046
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides extracts from political party manifestos since 1970 charting the various positions taken on Europe over the last five decades.
World Press Freedom Day: 3 May 2019
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0045
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Press Freedom Day, marked on 3 May each year.
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill: Summary of Commons Stages
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0042
This House of Lords Library Briefing covers the House of Commons stages of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill. It may be of assistance to Members in the event that the bill is considered in the House of Lords on 4 April 2019.
Tariffs: Theory and Practice
Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0039
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the use of tariffs in international trade.
Extending Article 50: European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) Regulations 2019
Published Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0038
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the Lords’ consideration of the statutory instrument to change the date of ‘exit day’ in domestic law, following the UK’s agreement with the EU to extend the article 50 period beyond 29 March 2019.
Brexit: Further Recent Developments
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0036
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place on 25 March 2019 on exiting the European Union. It covers recent developments, including the UK’s request to the European Council for agreement to extend article 50 to 30 June 2019. It was published before the European Council meeting on 21 March 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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