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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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Rural Economy and UK Agriculture: Issues for the New Parliament
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0029
This House of Lords Library briefing provides key statistics on the rural economy and a summary of recent developments.
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”.
Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2020
Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0021
This House of Lords Library Briefing contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on 28 January 2020 on the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2020.
Pension Schemes Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0018
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading debate in the House of Lords on the Pension Schemes Bill [HL] on 28 January 2020. The briefing looks at the three principal areas the bill addresses: collective defined contribution pensions, the Pensions Regulator, and pensions dashboards.

Topic: Pensions

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.
Bank of England: History, Role and Current Policy Debates
Published Monday, January 6, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the Bank of England. It covers the Bank’s history, its role today and current policy debates around its activities.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 3
Published Friday, January 3, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0003
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 3 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: economic affairs, business and public services
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.
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.
Northern Ireland Budget Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0145
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the Northern Ireland Budget Bill in advance of its second reading and remaining stages, due to take place in the House of Lords on 31 October 2019. It also identifies relevant reports and useful documents, including parliamentary materials and press articles, which may be of assistance to Members in preparing for that debate.
International Development: Sustainable Initiatives
Published Friday, October 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0143
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate due to take place on 4 November 2019 on the motion moved by Lord McInnes of Kilwinning (Conservative) that “this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s international development work to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and prevent biodiversity loss”.
Pension Schemes Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0140
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Pension Schemes Bill [HL] on 30 October 2019.

Topic: Pensions

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.
Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 5
Published Friday, October 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0129
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 5 of the Lords debate on the Queen's Speech, covering the following subjects: health, social care, education, culture, welfare and pensions.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 3
Published Thursday, October 10, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0127
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 3 of the Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: economic affairs, business, agriculture, environment, energy and transport.
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.
House of Lords Rural Economy Committee Report: Time for a Strategy for the Rural Economy
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0110
On 8 October 2019 Lord Foster of Bath (Liberal Democrat) is due to move that “this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on the Rural Economy Time for a strategy for the rural economy”. The report was published in April 2019, and the Government responded in July 2019. This briefing provides a short summary of the key elements of the report and responses, and a selection of further information on the topic of the rural economy.
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”.
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].
Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards
Published Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0109
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on 3 September 2019 on the implementation of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and the opportunities for further banking reform.

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