Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission

The Government has proposed setting up a constitution, democracy and rights commission to consider broad aspects of the UK’s constitution. This would look at issues including the relationship between the government, parliament, and the courts; the functioning of the royal prerogative; the role of the House of Lords; and access to justice.…

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Coronavirus: A Public Health Emergency

The coronavirus was declared a public health emergency on 30 January 2020 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), only the sixth such emergency since 2009. The declaration followed reports on 31 December 2019 of an unknown virus causing a number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in eastern China. The virus was later identified as a new strain of coronavirus (Cov). This House of Lords Library briefing provides information about: the virus, including its spread and impact; what action the WHO and UK Government have taken; and the problem of disinformation in relation to the disease. …

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Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 1

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 1 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: foreign affairs, defence, international development, trade, climate change and the environment.…

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Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Days 1 and 2

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of days 1 and 2 of the Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: exiting the European Union, trade, foreign affairs and defence.…

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