Wellbeing as an Indicator of National Performance

Many countries, including the UK, have developed ways of measuring national wellbeing to complement gross domestic product as the main indicator of national performance. Proponents argue wellbeing data can help in identifying government spending priorities and evaluating which interventions are successful in improving people’s lives. There are calls for a wellbeing approach to be better embedded in policymaking.…

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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill on 13 January 2020. Committee stage is due to take place on 14, 15 and 16 January 2020, with report and third reading scheduled for 20 and 21 January 2020.…

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Motions Pursuant to Section 2(2)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 and Section 13(6)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been produced in preparation for a debate due to take place on 8 January 2020 on motions pursuant to the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 and the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. …

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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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Salisbury Convention: A Decade of Developments

According to the Salisbury Convention, the House of Lords gives a second reading to government bills that seek to implement manifesto commitments, does not subject manifesto bills to wrecking amendments and returns manifesto bills to the Commons in reasonable time. This House of Lords Library Briefing examines the development of the convention and looks at the debates on how it applied after the 2010 and 2017 general elections, which both produced a hung parliament.…

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