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The House of Lords Library provides impartial research, reference and resources services to support Members and the work of the House of Lords.

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    This page provides details of House of Lords Library research publications which are relevant to upcoming business in the House of Lords.

  • Research by topic

    Browse our work by topic, from Brexit and the EU to science and the environment. Explore our most recent publications, including in-depth briefings and web-based articles.

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    This page provides details of the books and e-books, journal articles, newspapers, and other Library resources available to Members and staff of the House of Lords with a parliamentary login.

In Focus: latest from the Library

Read the most recent articles analysing topical issues and current affairs.

  • UK aid for marginalised groups and minority communities in Pakistan

    The UK is one of the largest donors of overseas aid to Pakistan. However, despite a planned increase in the forthcoming financial year, the aid budget that the UK has allocated to Pakistan has declined notably in recent years. This has led to calls for the aid that the UK does provide to be focused more effectively on marginalised groups and minority communities in Pakistan.

    UK aid for marginalised groups and minority communities in Pakistan
  • UN standards on the use of surveillance technology at protests

    The UN recently published a toolkit for law enforcement officials to promote and protect human rights in the context of peaceful protests. It includes key principles for the use of digital technologies in relation to protests. This comes at a time when there are debates around the use of live facial recognition technology in public spaces by police in England and Wales. The government supports developing it as a crime-fighting tool, but others are concerned about its impact on privacy and other rights.

    UN standards on the use of surveillance technology at protests
  • House of Lords Public Services Committee report: Homecare medicines services

    An estimated half a million NHS patients are receiving hospital-prescribed medication and equipment at home through private sector homecare medicines services. Responding to reports of patient harm and distress caused by delays, errors and mis-deliveries, the Public Services Committee investigated. The committee called for an independent review, as well as improvements to regulation, data and accountability. The government has said that NHS England is conducting a desktop review.

    House of Lords Public Services Committee report: Homecare medicines services
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Research Briefings: latest from the Library

Analysis on legislation before the House of Lords, debates and topical affairs.

  • Hereditary by-elections: Results

    Hereditary peer by-elections are held within the House of Lords to replace excepted hereditary peers who have retired or died. This Lords Library briefing provides a list of hereditary peers’ by-election results since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, including information on turn out and the number of candidates.

    Hereditary by-elections: Results
  • Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill [HL]: HL Bill 56 of 2023–24

    This proposed law would clarify that litigation funding agreements (LFAs) do not constitute damages-based agreements (DBAs). The effect of this would be to give statutory confirmation that LFAs do not need to comply with the statutory and regulatory regime for DBAs to be enforceable. This would address recent concerns that many LFAs were unenforceable as a result of the UK Supreme Court’s ruling in R (PACCAR Inc) v Competition Appeal Tribunal [2023] UKSC 28.

    Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill [HL]: HL Bill 56 of 2023–24
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Data Dashboards: latest from the Library

Interactive data visualisations on the House of Lords.

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  • Research Briefings

    In-depth analysis on legislation before the House of Lords, debates and topical affairs. Longer, more in-depth briefings in PDF format.

  • In Focus

    Shorter, web-based articles analysing debates in the House, as well as topical issues and current affairs.

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