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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.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Defence, Diplomacy, and Development: Building a Safer, Fairer and Cleaner World
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0028
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour) that “this House takes note of the role played by defence, diplomacy and development policy in building a safer, fairer and cleaner world”.
Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0026
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading and remaining stages in the House of Lords of the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill on 29 January 2020.
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill on 5 February 2020.
Gene Editing: Recent Developments and Scientific Status
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Baroness Bakewell (Labour) “that this House takes note of recent developments in the field of gene editing and its status in scientific research around the world”.
Policing in the UK: Serious and Organised Crime
Published Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0016
The House of Lords Library Briefing explores the nature of Serious and Organised Crime in the UK. It includes statistics on the scale of the problem as well as information on the response by the Government and the National Crime Agency.
Policing in the UK: Governance, Oversight and Complaints
Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0013
This House of Lords Library Briefing sets out how the police service in the UK is governed, including details of recent reforms. It also focuses on how the police are held accountable for their actions through systems of oversight and complaints.
Racism in Football: Tackling Abusive Behaviour
Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0012
This House of Lords Library Briefing describes recent measures introduced by the footballing authorities, individual clubs and social media companies to tackle racism in football, and details existing legislation in this area.
European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0011
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill on 13 January 2020. Committee stage is due to take place on 14, 15 and 16 January 2020, with report and third reading scheduled for 20 and 21 January 2020.
Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Proceedings
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0010
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides a chronology of recent discussions on the disclosure of evidence in criminal proceedings. It includes an overview of disclosure procedures, notable high profile cases, and recent developments in disclosure practices across the criminal justice system.
Implications of the Use of Drones following the Assassination of Qasem Soleimani
Published Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0009
This House of Lords Library Briefing contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on the implications of the use of drones following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani.
Motions Pursuant to Section 2(2)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 and Section 13(6)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
Published Friday, January 3, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0005
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been produced in preparation for a debate due to take place on 8 January 2020 on motions pursuant to the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 and the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 1
Published Friday, January 3, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0001
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 1 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen's Speech, covering the following subjects: foreign affairs, defence, international development, trade, climate change and the environment.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 2
Published Friday, January 3, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0002
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 2 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: home affairs, justice, constitutional affairs and devolved affairs.
Lifting the Barrier: Gender Equality Legislation 1919
Published Friday, December 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0154
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared to mark the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. It provides a summary of the provisions of the Act and an overview of some of the debates had at the time about introducing and implementing gender equality legislation.

Topics: Equality, Parliament

Party Policies on Europe at General Elections Since 1970
Published Friday, December 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0158
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.
Children’s Rights in 2019
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0148
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on children’s rights to mark Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2019.
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0146
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] on 4 November 2019.
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
Published Friday, October 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0142
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate due to take place on 31 October 2019 on the motion moved by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the phase one report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry”.
GCHQ: 100th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0138
The House of Lords Library briefing has been produced to mark GCHQ’s 100th anniversary.
UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union
Published Saturday, October 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0132
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of the Saturday 19 October 2019 sitting in the House of Lords to debate the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

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