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High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0106
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill on 4 September 2019.
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.
Combatting Hepatitis B and C: Elimination by 2030?
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0097
This briefing has been prepared to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2019 and contains information on hepatitis B and C globally.
Trade Unions, Collective Action and the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization
Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0091
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 18 July 2019. Lord Jordan (Labour) is to move that “this House takes note of the future of trade unions; and of wider industry representation, solidarity and collective action; and of the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization”.
Encouraging Business Growth and Job Creation
Published Friday, July 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0088
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 11 July 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the case for creating an environment which encourages (1) business growth, and (2) job creation, especially in relation to the tax system”.
Apprenticeship Levy and Workplace Opportunities for Young People
Published Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0085
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on the apprenticeship levy and the case for the effective delivery of workplace opportunities for young people which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 4 July 2019.
NHS and Future Trade Deals
Published Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0083
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on the case for protecting the NHS in future trade deals entered into by the United Kingdom which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 4 July 2019.
National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0080
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill, scheduled to take place on 26 June 2019.
Protecting and Representing Future Generations in Policymaking
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0076
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 20 June 2019. Lord Bird (Crossbench) is to move that “this House takes note of the case for better protecting and representing the interests of future generations in policymaking”.
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.
Inequality and Poverty in the UK
Published Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0067
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 13 June 2019. Lord Dubs (Labour) is to move that “this House takes note of inequalities in income, wealth and living standards in the UK since the 2008 financial crisis; and further takes note of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Deaton Review of inequalities in the 21st century in the UK and the final report of the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights”.
Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0062
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Non-Domestic Rating (Preparation for Digital Services) Bill (HL Bill 177 of 2017-19) on 11 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.
Public Procurement: Social Value and the Government’s Civil Society Strategy
Published Thursday, May 16, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0059
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the motion moved by Baroness McGregor-Smith (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the case for increasing the social value of public procurement by aligning it with Her Majesty’s Government’s Civil Society Strategy”.
Earnings: A Long-run Perspective
Published Monday, May 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0057
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on long-run trends in real earnings, placing the weak performance since the financial crisis into a historical perspective.
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.
Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0052
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 7 May 2019.
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.
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.

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