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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.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Days 1 and 2
Published Thursday, October 10, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0126
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of days 1 and 2 of the Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: exiting the European Union, trade, foreign affairs and defence.
UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union
Published Friday, September 27, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0122
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 2 October 2019. The briefing summarises key Brexit-related events since June 2016, outlines the positions of the main political parties, and provides suggestions for further reading.
Managing Offenders: A New Model of Probation
Published Thursday, September 26, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0101
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 3 October 2019 on the motion moved by Lord Ramsbotham (Crossbench) “that this House takes note of the case for reforming the management and treatment of offenders in prison and the community”.
Human Rights and Trade Deals
Published Thursday, September 26, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0117
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 3 October 2019. Lord Harries of Pentregarth (Crossbench) is to move that “this House takes note of the case for ensuring that human rights are respected in any future trade deals with other countries”.
International Day of Sign Languages
Published Thursday, September 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0116
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark the upcoming International Day of Sign Languages on 23 September 2019.
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, September 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0115
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill in the House of Lords on 5 September 2019. The Briefing sets out the main points of the Bill and summarises its passage through the House of Commons.
Policing Resources Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, September 3, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0112
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Policing Resources Bill [HL].
Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament: Recent Work
Published Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0108
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on 9 September 2019 that “this House takes note of the recent work of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament”.
Indigenous Languages: Are They in Danger?
Published Monday, August 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0105
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information ahead of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August 2019.

Topic: Human rights

Obscene Publications Act 1959: 60th Anniversary
Published Monday, July 29, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0103
On 29 July 2019, 60 years will have passed since the Obscene Publications Act 1959 received royal assent. This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the Act. It also covers developments in the law that were relevant to the then Government’s attempt to ban the publication of D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (R v Penguin Books Ltd 1960). This includes the previous case of R v Hicklin (1858).
Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949: 70th Anniversary
Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0099
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared to mark the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949 on 30 July 1949. The Act meant that, for the first time, there was a consistent approach to providing assistance to people who could not afford to access the courts or pay for advice from a lawyer.
Women in the Criminal Justice System
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0095
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 25 July 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Farmer (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the needs of women in the criminal justice system”.
Victims of Crime (Rights, Entitlements, and Notification of Child Sexual Abuse) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, July 12, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0093
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Victims of Crime (Rights, Entitlements, and Notification of Child Sexual Abuse) Bill [HL], scheduled to take place on 19 July 2019.
EEA Nationals (Indefinite Leave to Remain) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, July 12, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0092
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the EEA Nationals (Indefinite Leave to Remain) Bill [HL], scheduled to take place on 19 July 2019.
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.
Knife Crime: Government Policy
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0082
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the impact of government policy on knife crime.
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.

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