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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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Displaying 61-80 out of 538

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'.
Smart Meters Bill 2017-19: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, March 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0028
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Smart Meters Bill on 13 March 2018.
International Women’s Day: Steps Being Taken to Press for Gender Equality Globally
Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0027
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been produced for the debate taking place in the House of Lords on 8 March 2018, to mark International Women’s Day, on “the steps being taken to press for progress on gender equality globally”. It provides an overview of the global situation regarding gender equality, the UK’s position, and actions taken by the UK Government to promote gender equality overseas and domestically.
Gig Economy: Legal Status of Gig Economy Workers and Working Practices
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0026
This Lords Library Briefing provides information on current employment law, and what it means to be ‘self-employed’, a ‘worker’, or an ‘employee’.

Topic: Employment

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 27 February 2018.
Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0024
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill [HL] on 23 February 2018.
Ecumenical Marriage Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, February 9, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0023
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Ecumenical Marriage Bill [HL] on 23 February 2018.
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0022
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in the House of Lords on 20 February 2018.

Topic: Roads

Criminal Records Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0021
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Criminal Records Bill [HL] on 23 February 2018.
Brexit: Overseas Development Assistance
Published Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0020
This House of Lords Library Briefing examines current UK expenditure on aid and the mechanisms by which it is spent, including through the European Union institutions, and how these might be impacted post-Brexit. The paper examines the Government’s proposals for the UK-EU relationship post-Brexit and reviews what other commentators have suggested about the implications of Brexit for both UK and EU development assistance.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: 2018
Published Monday, February 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0019
This House of Library Briefing provides background information on the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster: Summary of Commons Debate
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0018
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides a summary of the debate in the House of Commons on 31 January 2018 on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster, ahead of the corresponding debate in the House of Lords.
Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill on 7 February 2018.
Proposed UK-EU Security Treaty
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0016
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of current UK-EU cooperation on security and justice, as well as a summary of proposals by the UK and EU for cooperation in this area once the UK has left the EU.

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