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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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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”.
Global Effects of Climate Change on Health
Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0099
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Walmsley (Liberal Democrat): "to move that this House takes note of the global effects of climate change on health".
Natural Environment and Animal Welfare
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0088
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 7 December 2017, that: “this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s plans to improve the natural environment and animal welfare”.
Agriculture, Fisheries and the Rural Economy
Published Monday, October 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0076
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the new opportunities and challenges for agriculture, fisheries and the rural economy in the United Kingdom on 2 November 2017.
Impact of Air and Water Pollution on the Environment and Public Health
Published Monday, October 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0073
This Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 26 October 2017 on the impact of air and water pollution on the environment and public health.
Air Quality in London
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0035
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 3 July on the case for improving air quality in London. It provides an overview of the regulation of air pollution, the impact of air pollution on health and plans by the Government and the Mayor of London to improve air quality.
Air Pollution in England: Recent Developments
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0029
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent developments on the subject of air pollution in England, including the Government’s plan published on 5 May 2017, on the instruction of the High Court.

Topic: Pollution

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