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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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Representation of Women in Parliament
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0015
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 5 February 2018 on the following motion moved by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative) on the “role of women in public life and the progress made in increasing their representation in Parliament 100 years after the Representation of the People Act 1918 received Royal Assent".
Lords Membership: Lists of Current and Former Female Peers
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0014
This House of Lords Library briefing provides lists of the female life Peers and the female hereditary Peers who have been Members of the House of Lords.
World Cancer Day: 2018
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0013
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February each year.
Current European Union Trade Agreements
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0012
This House of Lords Library Briefing summarises the EU's trading relationships with OECD and BRICS countries, excluding European Free Trade Association states.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0011
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on 30 and 31 January 2018.
Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0010
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill [HL] on 26 January 2018.
Leaving the EU: Role of the Devolved Administrations and Implications for the Union
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0009
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 25 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord McInnes of Kilwinning (Conservative) that “that this House takes note of the role of the devolved administrations in the process of withdrawal from the European Union and future opportunities for strengthening the union of the United Kingdom”.
Registration of Marriage Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0008
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Registration of Marriage Bill [HL] on 26 January 2018.

Topic: Marriage

Social Care: Impact of NHS Plans and Delivery of Services Over the Winter Period
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0007
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the impact on front line social care of the Government’s NHS plans and the delivery of services over the winter period ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 25 January 2018.
Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL] on 26 January 2018.
US Foreign Policy and the UK’s International Relationships
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0005
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the effect of the foreign policy of the USA on inter-state relationships around the world, particularly in light of the UK’s changing relationships with other European countries”.

Topic: North America

Green Finance and the Resilience of the Financial Sector to Climate Change
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0004
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Teverson (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the case for the UK to remain a global leader for green finance, and for the UK’s financial sector to be resilient to climate change”.
Social Media and Online Platforms as Publishers
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0003
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the role played by social media and online platforms as news and content publishers ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0002
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 9 January 2018.
Housebuilding in the UK
Published Friday, January 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0001
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 11 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Best (Crossbench) “that this House takes note of the performance of the United Kingdom’s major housebuilders”.

Topic: Housing

Industrial Strategy and the UK Economy
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0104
This House of Lords Library briefing has been produced in preparation for the debate on 8 January 2018 on the Government's Industrial Strategy and the case for boosting earning power and productivity across the United Kingdom with investment in the skills, businesses and infrastructure of the future.
Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0103
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] on 9 January 2018.
Rehabilitation in Prisons
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0102
This House of Lords Library briefing discusses the measures that prisons in England and Wales implement with the aim of reducing reoffending, together with the Government’s policies on the use of those measures.
Impact of the Trade in Ivory on Endangered Species
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0101
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion moved by Lord Carrington (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of the trade in ivory on endangered species, and of the efforts being made to eliminate that trade while protecting the cultural heritage of antique ivory”.
Life Peerage Creations: Powers of the Crown
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0100
This House of Lords Library Briefing contains a brief history of life peerages, as well as an exploration of appointing Peers outside of the Life Peerages Act 1958.

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