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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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Renters' Rights Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0032
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Renters' Rights Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 10 June 2016.
Register of Arms Brokers Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0031
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Register of Arms Brokers Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 10 June 2016.
Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0030
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 10 June 2016.
Battle of Jutland: 100 Years Anniversary
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0029
This House of Lords briefing provides an overview of the Battle of Jutland, the only major naval battle of the First World War. The battle started on the afternoon of 31 May 1916, and lasted until the early hours of 1 June 1916. It was the only time that the German High Seas Fleet and the British Grand Fleet confronted each other. The briefing has been prepared to mark the centenary of the battle, and also provides information on the series of commemorative events that have been planned.

Topic: Armed forces

Bombing of the Houses of Parliament: 75th Anniversary
Published Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0028
This House of Lords briefing provides an overview of the events of 10–11 May 1941, when the German Air Force launched an air raid on London, and dropped bombs on the Palace of Westminster, destroying the House of Commons Chamber and damaging the House of Lords Chamber, Westminster Hall and the Clock Tower. It also briefly describes the arrangements made after the attack for the rebuilding of a new House of Commons Chamber. The briefing has been prepared to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing.
Queen's Speech: Movers and Seconders
Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0027
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of the mover and seconder following each Queen’s Speech for the past 20 years, along with each Member’s party affiliation at the time.
Lord Speaker: Election 2016
Published Monday, April 25, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0026
The Lord Speaker is elected by Members of the House of Lords every five years. This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the process for electing a Lord Speaker. It includes information on standing for election, voting and the triggers for an election. The primary role of the Lord Speaker is to preside over proceedings in the Chamber, including committees of the whole House. Details about the office of the Lord Speaker itself, as well as background to how the office came into being, are available in Lords Library briefing Principal Office Holders in the House of Lords (19 March 2015).
World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2016
Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0025
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on World Intellectual Property Day designated for the 26 April 2016.
High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0024
This Lords Library briefing provides a short overview of the contents of the HS2 Bill and its progress in the House of Commons.
World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2016
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0023
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the prevalence of autism in the UK and sets out some of the policies and actions being implemented to help autistic people.
House of Commons Members’ Fund Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0022
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the House of Commons Members’ Fund Bill.
Battle of the Somme: 100 Years Anniversary
Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0021
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the history of the battle of the Somme, which took place in the First World War, between 1 July 1916 and 18 November 1916, and was a joint Anglo-French operation in the region of the river of the Somme. It briefly describes the planning of the offensive, the events of the battle, and the role of Commonwealth troops in the conflict. It then provides an overview of the commemorative programme of events to mark the centenary of the battle, which are being organised by the UK Government. The briefing has been prepared to mark the centenary of the start of the battle, on 1 July 2016, and to support the question for short debate on marking the centenary of the battle of the Somme, scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 14 March 2016.

Topic: Armed forces

Driving Instructors (Registration) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0020
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Driving Instructors (Registration) Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 11 March 2016.

Topic: Roads

Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0019
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the private member’s bill, Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) Bill [HL] on Friday 11 March 2016.

Topic: Gambling

Progress on BBC Charter Renewal
Published Monday, March 7, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0018
This House of Lords Library briefing sets out recent developments in the BBC Charter review process, in advance of a question for short debate in the House of Lords on 10 March 2016 on progress on the discussions surrounding the renewal of the BBC Charter.

Topic: Broadcasting

Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0017
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill in the House of Lords on 26 February 2016.
Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0016
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill in the House of Lords on 26 February 2016.
Riot Compensation Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 22, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0015
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Riot Compensation Bill in the House of Lords on 26 February 2016.
NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill 2015–16: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 22, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0014
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill in the House of Lords on 26 February 2016.
Civilian Drones
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0013
This House of Lords Library briefing considers the increasing use of civilian drones and the regulations governing their use.

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