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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.

  • Upcoming business

    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.

  • Resources

    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.

  • Child poverty: Statistics, causes and the UK’s policy response

    The government has estimated that 4.3 million children, or 30% of all children in the UK, were living in relative low-income households after housing costs in 2022/23. This represents an increase on the previous year. The government has said unexpectedly high inflation, driven by the war in Ukraine and supply chain challenges, contributed to the rise. It argues that falling inflation, rising real wages and uprated benefits will help low-income households in the year ahead.

    Child poverty: Statistics, causes and the UK’s policy response
  • The impact of gambling marketing

    The gambling industry has expanded over recent years and increased attention is being paid to the issue of gambling-related harms and the role that the marketing of gambling services plays in exacerbating them. The House of Lords is due to debate these issues on 25 April 2024.

    The impact of gambling marketing
  • 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
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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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