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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.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Defence, Diplomacy, and Development: Building a Safer, Fairer and Cleaner World
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0028
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour) that “this House takes note of the role played by defence, diplomacy and development policy in building a safer, fairer and cleaner world”.
Soil Erosion: A Global Challenge
Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0020
This House of Lords Library Briefing explores the global challenge of soil erosion and its consequences.
Gene Editing: Recent Developments and Scientific Status
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Baroness Bakewell (Labour) “that this House takes note of recent developments in the field of gene editing and its status in scientific research around the world”.
Policing in the UK: Serious and Organised Crime
Published Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0016
The House of Lords Library Briefing explores the nature of Serious and Organised Crime in the UK. It includes statistics on the scale of the problem as well as information on the response by the Government and the National Crime Agency.
Medical Cannabis: Recent Developments
Published Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0008
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on recent developments surrounding cannabis use for medicinal purposes.
Bank of England: History, Role and Current Policy Debates
Published Monday, January 6, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the Bank of England. It covers the Bank’s history, its role today and current policy debates around its activities.
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 3
Published Friday, January 3, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0003
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 3 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: economic affairs, business and public services
Queen's Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 1
Published Friday, January 3, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0001
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 1 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen's Speech, covering the following subjects: foreign affairs, defence, international development, trade, climate change and the environment.
GCHQ: 100th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0138
The House of Lords Library briefing has been produced to mark GCHQ’s 100th anniversary.
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.
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.

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