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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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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.
World Alzheimer's Day
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0119
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September 2019.
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.
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”.
Incidence of Antisemitism Worldwide
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0075
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the incidence of antisemitism worldwide.
Free Public Transport and TV Licences for Older People
Published Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0069
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on of the case for the provision of free public transport and TV licences for older persons as a means to alleviate loneliness and isolation and the broader need to maintain well-funded public services to support care for the elderly which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 13 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.
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.
Regulating the Internet: Online Harms White Paper
Published Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0050
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate in the House of Lords on the 'Online Harms White Paper'.
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.
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.

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