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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.
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World Cities Day, 31 October 2019
Published Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0136
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark the upcoming World Cities Day on 31 October 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Native Trees: Pests and Diseases
Published Thursday, July 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0102
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate on 5 September 2019 in the House of Lords on the following motion: the Earl of Kinnoull to move that this House takes note of the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees in the United Kingdom.
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”.
Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0053
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill 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.
Earth Day: Threatened and Endangered Species
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0048
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of Earth Day on 22 April 2019.
Threats Presented by Climate Change
Published Thursday, January 17, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0005
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 24 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Teverson (Liberal Democrat), “that this House takes note of the threats presented by climate change”.
Plastic Pollution and Recycling
Published Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0116
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 19 December 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative), “that this House takes note of the threat of plastic to the environment and the case for improved recycling”.
Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0092
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate to take place on 6 September 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Henley (Conservative), “that the Grand Committee takes note of the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure: A Framework Document for Planning Decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure”.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Summary of Lords Amendments
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0056
This House of Lords Library Briefing summarises amendments made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords.
Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0054
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill on 22 May 2018.
Bat Habitats Regulation Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0039
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill [HL] on 27 April 2018.

Topic: Wildlife

Smart Meters Bill 2017-19: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, March 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0028
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Smart Meters Bill on 13 March 2018.
International Women’s Day: Steps Being Taken to Press for Gender Equality Globally
Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0027
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been produced for the debate taking place in the House of Lords on 8 March 2018, to mark International Women’s Day, on “the steps being taken to press for progress on gender equality globally”. It provides an overview of the global situation regarding gender equality, the UK’s position, and actions taken by the UK Government to promote gender equality overseas and domestically.
Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill on 7 February 2018.
Green Finance and the Resilience of the Financial Sector to Climate Change
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0004
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Teverson (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the case for the UK to remain a global leader for green finance, and for the UK’s financial sector to be resilient to climate change”.
Impact of the Trade in Ivory on Endangered Species
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0101
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion moved by Lord Carrington (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of the trade in ivory on endangered species, and of the efforts being made to eliminate that trade while protecting the cultural heritage of antique ivory”.

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