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Intellectual Property and Sport
Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0044
The House of Lords Library briefing provides information on World Intellectual Property Day, marked on 26 April each year.
Autism: Assistive Technology
Published Monday, March 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0037
On 2 April each year the UN observes World Autism Awareness Day; this year’s theme is ‘Assistive Technologies, Active Participation’. This House of Lords Library briefing summarises some of the challenges faced by people with autism and examines how assistive technology can enable independence for people with the condition.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Impact of Technology on the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0003
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 17 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Kidron (Crossbench) that “this House takes note of the relationship between the use of digital technology and the health and wellbeing of children and young people”.
Galileo Satellite System
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0120
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides a background to the Galileo global navigation satellite system, which has been developed by the European Union.
Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0106
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 26 October 2018.
Cyber Security in the United Kingdom
Published Thursday, October 11, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0102
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 18 October 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Viscount Waverley (Crossbench), “that this House takes note of the scale and complexity of cyber threats facing the United Kingdom and the case for innovative approaches across Her Majesty’s Government and beyond”.
In Vitro Fertilisation: 40th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0094
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Baroness Deech (Crossbench) on the “40th anniversary of the first baby born using in vitro fertilisation”.
NHS and Healthcare Data
Published Friday, August 31, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0091
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Freyberg (Crossbench), “that this House takes note of NHS and healthcare data and how that data could be used to improve the health of the nation”. It describes what healthcare data is, the uses to which it might be put and the challenges in doing so. It also outlines the main organisations involved in the area and recent developments in public policy.
Leaving the EU: Antimicrobial Resistance
Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0087
This House of Lords Library Briefing presents recent developments in UK and EU strategies to address antimicrobial resistance, and examines three areas in which the UK’s exit from the EU may affect the addressing of antimicrobial resistance.
Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0076
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 11 July 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”.
Social Media and Online Platforms as Publishers
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0003
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the role played by social media and online platforms as news and content publishers ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Industrial Strategy and the UK Economy
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0104
This House of Lords Library briefing has been produced in preparation for the debate on 8 January 2018 on the Government's Industrial Strategy and the case for boosting earning power and productivity across the United Kingdom with investment in the skills, businesses and infrastructure of the future.
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".
Gig Economy: Introduction
Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0086
This House of Lords Library briefing provides overall information on the demographics and earnings of those participating in the gig economy, on gig economy working practices in each sector, and on the potential effects to be seen in the wider economy.

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