This article analyses the 36 new peerages announced by the Prime Minister on 31 July 2020. It provides statistics on the background, gender and party affiliation of the new peers. The article also compares the number and gender balance of peers created by Boris Johnson with those of the former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May.

This article summarises the conclusions of three House of Lords committee reports on the powers of Parliament to scrutinise treaties. In the context of Brexit, there have been calls for Parliament’s powers of scrutiny of treaties and trade agreements to be strengthened. The committee reports are due to be debated in the House of Lords on 7 September 2020.

This article provides information on the UK’s balance of trade with Russia. In 2019, the UK had a trade deficit with Russia of almost £4 billion. The article provides a breakdown of the UK’s trade in goods and services with Russia in 2019, and it summarises how economic relations have been affected by the foreign relations between the two countries in recent years.