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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.
Civil Contingencies, Emergency Powers and No-Deal Brexit
Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0034
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides a summary of the emergency powers available to the Government in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
Seasonal Time Changes: Recent Developments
Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0033
In September 2018, the European Commission published a draft directive which would oblige member states to end seasonal time changes and decide whether to remain on winter time or summertime permanently. This House of Lords Library briefing outlines the proposals and reaction to them, and summarises past parliamentary debate on time zones and seasonal clock changes.
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.
Brexit: Recent Developments
Published Thursday, March 7, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0028
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place on 11 March 2019 on the further discussion with the European Union under article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. It covers recent Brexit developments since the publication of our last briefing on 21 February 2019.
Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, February 22, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 1 March 2019.
Safety of Medicines and Medical Devices
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0024
This Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord O’Shaughnessy that “this House takes note of the steps being taken to improve the safety of medicines and medical devices”. It outlines the current regulatory regime, which is based on EU law, and the roles of the main European and UK agencies. It then describes an ongoing independent review into medicinal product safety, which is tasked with recommending improvements to responses to patient reports about harmful side effects. The Briefing then considers the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU, both under the draft withdrawal agreement and if the UK leaves with no deal. Finally, it discusses ongoing developments in medicine safety, such as the greater use of technology, and sets the issue of medicine and medical product safety within the context of wider patient safety initiatives in the NHS.
Further Article 50 Discussions with the EU
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0023
On 27 February 2019, the House of Lords is due to debate the Government’s further discussions with the EU under article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This follows a commitment made by the Prime Minister on 12 February 2019 that, if by 26 February 2019 the Government had not secured a majority in the House of Commons in a second ‘meaningful vote’, she would make a further statement in the Commons on 26 February 2019, and a debate on an amendable motion would take place in the Commons on 27 February 2019. At the time of writing this briefing, the exact wording of the motion for debate in each House is not known.
Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0022
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill in the House of Lords on 1 March 2019.
Further Take-Note Debate on EU Withdrawal
Published Friday, February 8, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0019
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the further take note debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union due to take place in the House of Lords on 13 February 2019.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 11 February 2019
Published Friday, February 8, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0018
On 11 February 2019 the UN marks the fourth annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This House of Lords Library Briefing provides a brief background to the day and examines the representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: 6 February 2019
Published Friday, February 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0016
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, to be marked on 6 February 2019.

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