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Energy Bill (HL Bill 30 of 2013-14)
Published Thursday, June 13, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-013
The Energy Bill is intended to establish a framework for delivering secure, affordable and low-carbon energy. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 18 June 2013.
Debate on 13 June: Government's Priorities at the G8
Published Friday, June 7, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-012
This Library Note provides background information about the Prime Minister’s stated priorities for the G8 meeting to be held in Northern Ireland on 17–18 June: advancing trade, improving tax compliance and promoting greater transparency.
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill (HL Bill 29 of 2013-14)
Published Thursday, May 30, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-011
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill would extend civil marriage to include same-sex couples and allow those religious organisations who wished to do so to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies. This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 3 June 2013.
Care Bill [HL] (HL Bill 1 of 2013-14)
Published Friday, May 17, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-010
The Care Bill consolidates and reforms adult social care law in England. It includes provision for a cap on individual social care cost contributions and implements legislative responses to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust failings. This Library Note provides background information ahead of the second reading debate on the Care Bill in the House of Lords on 21 May 2013.
Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL] (HL Bill 2 of 2013–14)
Published Thursday, May 16, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-009
The Offender Rehabilitation Bill would provide increased support and supervision upon release for those serving prison sentences of up to two years, and would make changes to the arrangements for community orders and suspended sentence orders. This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords.
Volume of Legislation
Published Friday, May 10, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-008
This House of Lords Library Note looks at the volume of Acts of Parliament since 1930 from the perspective of the House of Lords, as well as at the volume of Statutory Instruments since 1961.
Budget 2013: Reaction
Published Thursday, March 21, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-007
This Library Note summarises reaction to the 2013 Budget Statement from a range of commentators and organisations.
Debate on 14 March: Afghanistan’s Regional Relationships
Published Monday, March 11, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-006
Afghanistan lies at the heart of Central Asia. Since the invasion by Western-led forces in 2001, its relationships with its regional neighbours have been mixed: at times characterised by co-operation, at others by competing national interests. This Note explores those relationships in the context of Afghanistan’s current security, political and economic situation, focusing particularly on key actors such as Pakistan and efforts to encourage dialogue and co-operation, and examines the potential impact of these regional dynamics on Afghanistan’s future stability and prosperity.
Succession to the Crown Bill (HL Bill 81 of 2012–13)
Published Monday, February 11, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-005
The Succession to the Crown Bill makes changes to the laws of succession to the Crown. This Library Note summarises the proceedings which have taken place on the Bill during its passage through the House of Commons, ahead of the Bill’s second reading debate in the House of Lords on 14 February 2013.
Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (HL Bill 78 of 2012-13)
Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-004
The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill implements an announcement by the Chancellor in the 2012 Autumn Statement that increases in certain working-age welfare benefits and tax credits would be limited to 1 percent, rather than increasing them in line with inflation. This Library Note is intended to provide background information in advance of the Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords on 11 February 2013.
Antarctic Bill (HL Bill 76 of 2012-13)
Published Monday, January 28, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-003
The Antarctic Bill would implement Annex VI (the ‘Liability Annex’) to the Antarctic Treaty’s Environmental Protocol and sets out measures to reduce risks of environmental emergencies in Antarctica. It would also make a number of changes to the Antarctic Act 1994 to give additional protection to the Antarctic environment. This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords on 1 February 2013.
Debate on 31 January: Prime Minister’s Speech on Europe
Published Friday, January 25, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-002
This Library Note provides a short history of Prime Ministerial speeches on Europe since 1970; outlines Government policy towards Europe since 2010; summarises David Cameron’s speech and selected reaction to it; and considers some aspects of the proposed renegotiation and referendum. It concludes with information about trends in public opinion towards Britain’s membership of the EU.
Debate on 24 January: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
Published Monday, January 21, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-001
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate to be held on 24 January on the prospects for multilateral nuclear disarmament, and the contribution which Britain could make.

Topic: Arms control

Growth and Infrastructure Bill (HL Bill 72 of 2012–13)
Published Monday, December 24, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-046
The purpose of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill is to promote investment in infrastructure projects, reduce delays in the planning system and introduce a new employment status of employee shareholder. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 8 January 2013.
Public Service Pensions Bill (HL Bill 67 of 2012–13)
Published Friday, December 14, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-045
The Public Service Pensions Bill sets out new arrangements for the creation of schemes for the payment of pensions and other benefits. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 19 December 2012.

Topic: Pensions

Debate on 17 December: European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Bill (HL Bill 59) and European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 57)
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-044
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the second readings in the House of Lords of the European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Bill and the European Union (Approvals) Bill.
Debate on 14 December: Older People
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-043
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate to be held on 14 December 2012 on the place and contribution of older people in society.

Topic: Older people

Autumn Statement 2012: Reaction
Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-042
This Library Note provides a brief summary of the key measures announced yesterday in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, before outlining the immediate reaction to the Statement as expressed by the Shadow Chancellor in the House of Commons and by a range of organisations and commentators.
Leveson Report: Reaction
Published Friday, November 30, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-041
This Library Note summarises a selection of the reaction and comment expressed immediately following the publication of the report of Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

Topic: Press

Debate on 29 November: Diabetic Services
Published Monday, November 26, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-040
This Library Note looks at the government’s strategy on diabetes services and care, and at the implementation of the strategy. In particular, it summarises the National Service Framework on Diabetes and reviews of the operation of the Framework, before presenting statistical evidence on the implementation of adult diabetes services in England.

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