House of Lords: Profile of Membership
Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-030
This Library Note provides background information about the age, membership and public positions held by Members of the House of Lords.
Debate on 17 October: Drugs Policy
Published Monday, October 14, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-026
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 17 October on drugs policy.
Published Monday, October 7, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-025
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in the Chamber.
Debate on 10 October: Parity of Esteem for Mental and Physical Health
Published Friday, October 4, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-024
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 10 October on the implications of parity of esteem for mental and physical health, as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill
Published Friday, July 19, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-021
The Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill seeks to make a number of changes to the banking and financial services sector. The Bill builds on the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking (the Vickers Commission) and the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and follows a series of Acts passed since the financial crisis of 2008, such as the Financial Services Act 2012.
Debate on 18 July: Role of Government in Generating Economic Prosperity and Employment
Published Friday, July 12, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-020
This Note outlines recent data on the performance of the UK economy, announcements by the Government for capital spending, spending on research and development and action to help businesses gain access to funding. It also looks at proposals for the Government to take more of a role in managing growth, in particular whether the UK needs a more coherent and long-term industrial strategy.
Debate on 11 July: Effect of Cuts in Legal Aid Funding on the Justice System
Published Friday, July 5, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-019
This Note contains a brief summary of the development of legal aid, focussing on changes since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, before summarising the most recent consultation paper, Transforming Legal Aid: Delivering a More Credible and Transparent System. The Note then outlines reactions to the latest proposals and summarises recent parliamentary scrutiny of the proposed changes.
Children and Families Bill (HL Bill 32 of 2013–14)
Published Friday, June 28, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-018
This Library Note provides information on the Children and Families Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 2 July 2013. The Bill covers several areas, including: adoption and children in care; the family justice system; children and young people with special educational needs; the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England; rights to leave and pay for parents; the right to request flexible working; and early years education and child care.
Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-016
This Library Note provides background information on the disqualification of Peers from voting at elections to the House of Commons, in anticipation of the second reading of Lord Dubs’ Private Member’s Bill on this issue on 5 July.
Debate on 27 June: the Challenges Faced by Women in Developing Countries
Published Monday, June 24, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-015
This Library Note focuses on the challenges faced by women in the developing world, and the action which is being taken by the UK Government, international governments and multilateral aid organisations to address these challenges. It briefly considers the significance of gender within the field of international development, and goes on to summarise some of the key research and statistics on the position of women in the developing world, focusing on four areas: education, employment, health, and violence against women.
Debate on 20 June: Report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights
Published Monday, June 17, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-014
This Library Note contains a brief summary of the development of human rights law in the United Kingdom and previous proposals for a British Bill of Rights, before précising a selection of the findings of the report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights. The Note concludes with an overview of some of the responses to the report.