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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.
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World Intellectual Property Day: 26 April 2018
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0049
This Briefing has been prepared in advance of World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2018. The aim of World Intellectual Property Day, which is run by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, is to increase the general understanding of intellectual property. The theme of the 2018 World Intellectual Property Day is “powering change: women in innovation and creativity”.
World Malaria Day: 25 April 2018
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0047
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Malaria Day, marked on 25 April each year.
Leaving the EU: Local Government Consultation After Withdrawal
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0046
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the formal advisory role that local government currently has in the EU law and policy-making process through its membership of the European Union Committee of the Regions, and briefly discusses the UK Government’s plans for replicating the consultative rights of local authorities after the UK withdraws from the Union.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0045
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee; its recommendations; the government response; and information highlighted in subsequent correspondence between the chair of the House of Lords Liaison Committee and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict. It also contains a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords on the report, and concludes with a summary of certain developments which have occurred since the Committee reported.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0044
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the conclusions and recommendations contained within the House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee’s final report published in February 2016, and the Government’s response.

Topics: Housing, Planning

Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords Social Mobility Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0043
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Social Mobility Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the Government’s response; and a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0042
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee; its recommendations; the Government’s response; a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords; and subsequent developments.
House of Lords: Largest Votes Recorded
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0041
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the largest votes that have taken place in the House of Lords.
Civil Liability Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0040
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information ahead of the second reading of the Civil Liability Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 24 April 2018.
Bat Habitats Regulation Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0039
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill [HL] on 27 April 2018.

Topic: Wildlife

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Committee Stage
Published Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0038
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of report stage in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which starts on 18 April 2018. It summarises areas of the Bill at which the Government indicated during committee proceedings it would look again.
Sustainability of the UK Public Finances: A Long-Run Perspective
Published Thursday, March 29, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0037
This House of Lords Library Briefing places the current position of the UK public finances in a longer-term context, both historical and into the future. From this perspective, it explores the question of whether the debt position is ‘sustainable’.
Life Peerages Act 1958: First Life Peers
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0036
This House of Lords Library Briefing provide biographical information on the first 14 life Peers created under the provisions of the Life Peerages Act 1958.
Life Peerages Act 1958: 60th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0035
This House f Lords Library Briefing has been produced to mark the 60th anniversary of the passing of the Life Peerages Act on 30 April 1958.
World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2018
Published Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0034
This House of Library Briefing provides background information on the World Autism Awareness Day which is observed annually on 2 April.
Syria: Humanitarian Crisis
Published Friday, March 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0033
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides background information on the humanitarian situation arising from the conflict in Syria, ahead of a debate on this subject scheduled to take place on 29 March 2018.

Topic: Middle East

Leaving the EU: Health and Welfare of UK Citizens and Residents
Published Friday, March 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0032
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 29 March 2018 on the following motion moved by Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat): “that this House takes note of the effect of the United Kingdom’s planned withdrawal from the European Union on the health and welfare of United Kingdom citizens and residents”.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2018
Published Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0031
This House of Library Briefing provides background information on the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is observed annually on 21 March.
Belfast Agreement: 20 Year Anniversary
Published Monday, March 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0030
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides background information on the Belfast Agreement, in the light of its forthcoming twentieth anniversary.
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0029
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 22 March 2018 on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 and on the International Relations Committee report, 'Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018'.

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