Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill: HL Bill 16 of 2022-23

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill is government legislation intended to introduce security requirements for smart devices and to assist the rollout of telecoms infrastructure for emerging technologies, including 5G and gigabit capable internet. This briefing examines the legislation ahead of its consideration in the House of Lords.

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill: HL Bill 16 of 2022-23

Impact of the conflict in Ukraine: UK defence and the integrated review

Since the beginning of the 2022 Russian attack on Ukraine, there have been calls for the government to reconsider the policies outlined in its 2021 integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy. On 9 June 2022, the House of Lords will debate the impact of the conflict in Ukraine, including its effect on the UK’s defence and foreign policy. This briefing looks at what the implications of the conflict might be on the UK’s strategic priorities as set out in the integrated review.

Impact of the conflict in Ukraine: UK defence and the integrated review
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