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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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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).
Managing Offenders: A New Model of Probation
Published Thursday, July 25, 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 5 September 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”.
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.
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.

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