Representation of Women in Parliament

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 5 February 2018 on the following motion moved by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative) on the “role of women in public life and the progress made in increasing their representation in Parliament 100 years after the Representation of the People Act 1918 received Royal Assent”. …

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Vulnerable Children: Work of the Children’s Commissioner

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 14 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde (Labour): “to move that this House takes note of the report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, On Measuring the Number of Vulnerable Children in England, published in July”.…

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Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee

This Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s response; and gives an update on developments since the government response to the Committee’s report.…

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Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages

This Lords Library briefing provides a short overview of the Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (HL Bill 99 of 2016–17), its key provisions, and a summary of its passage through the House of Commons in advance of the Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.…

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Leaving the European Union: UK Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service

This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared ahead of the debate on the impact of the withdrawal from the European Union on the United Kingdom’s armed forces and diplomatic service, to be held in the House of Lords on 8 December. The briefing examines current defence capabilities and cooperation between the UK and the EU. It then explores the possible future prospects for UK defence, particularly the role of the armed forces. The latter part of this briefing examines the UK’s diplomatic service, highlighting some of the issues that have arisen about the UK’s diplomatic relationship with the EU and its global role following the UK’s withdrawal. For reasons of brevity, this briefing does not examine the implications of the UK’s withdrawal on wider external relations, such as the UK’s future trade relationships with other countries in and outside the EU, or the impact on overseas development policy. Further reading on these subjects is identified in section 3.…

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Resourcing and Staffing of the Courts

This Lords Library briefing has been prepared for the debate to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 14 July, about staffing and resourcing of the courts. It provides an overview of HM courts reform, in particular it focuses on the proposed closure of further courts but also touches upon the move to a digitised and more flexible court system and issues that have been raised in response to the proposed reform.…

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Queen’s Speech 2016 Day 4: Economic Affairs, Energy, Environment, Local Government and Transport

The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.…

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