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The House of Lords Library provides impartial research, reference and resources services to support Members and the work of the House of Lords.

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    This page provides details of House of Lords Library research publications which are relevant to upcoming business in the House of Lords.

  • Research by topic

    Browse our work by topic, from Brexit and the EU to science and the environment. Explore our most recent publications, including in-depth briefings and web-based articles.

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    This page provides details of the books and e-books, journal articles, newspapers, and other Library resources available to Members and staff of the House of Lords with a parliamentary login.

In Focus: latest from the Library

Read the most recent articles analysing topical issues and current affairs.

  • Resilience of the UK armed forces

    The government published both its integrated review of foreign, defence, security and international development policy and a defence command paper in March 2021. Alongside a list of new capabilities set to be introduced and existing equipment due to be retired, the second document set a target of reducing the size of the regular army. The government maintains that capabilities, rather than troop numbers, are of primary importance in confronting the defence and security challenges facing the UK.

    Resilience of the UK armed forces
  • Commission on Young Lives: National plan for vulnerable young people

    The Commission on Young Lives was an independent group formed to design a new national system to prevent crisis in vulnerable young people and to boost their life chances and educational prospects. The commission published a report in November 2022 which made recommendations to government, local authorities, police and others to tackle the “deep-rooted” problems facing vulnerable youths. The commission’s “centrepiece recommendation” was for a “sure start plus for teenagers” network of intervention and support.

    Commission on Young Lives: National plan for vulnerable young people
  • Horn of Africa: Projections of a famine in 2023

    The Horn of Africa is experiencing its longest drought in 40 years. Compounded by high food prices and political instability, this has led to 36.4 million people suffering from hunger across the region, and 21.7 million requiring food assistance. Although a famine has yet to be officially declared, it is projected to occur in 2023. Humanitarian aid, including from the UK, has already been provided but there are appeals for increased support.

    Horn of Africa: Projections of a famine in 2023
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Economic analysis: Cost of living

Find a selection of Lords Library research on the UK economy, including economic policy and the cost of living, energy prices, housing, social security and finance.

Research Briefings: latest from the Library

Analysis on legislation before the House of Lords, debates and topical affairs.

  • Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill: HL Bill 167 of 2022–23

    The Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill is a government bill that would authorise government departments and certain other bodies in Northern Ireland to incur expenditure and use resources for the financial year ending 31 March 2024. The House of Commons has passed the bill and the Speaker has certified the bill as a money bill. In practice this limits the extent to which the House of Lords can propose significant changes.

    Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill: HL Bill 167 of 2022–23
  • Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment) (No. 2) Bill: HL Bill 128 of 2022–23

    The Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment) (No. 2) Bill is a private member’s bill that would allow ministers to lower to 18 the age threshold at which qualifying workers are automatically enrolled into workplace pensions. It would also allow ministers to amend qualifying earnings limits so that pension contributions are calculated from the first pound earned. Ministers would have to obtain Parliament’s approval for any changes after first consulting on any proposals and reporting to Parliament on the consultations held.

    Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment) (No. 2) Bill: HL Bill 128 of 2022–23
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  • Current Affairs Digest

    A monthly round-up of specialised press, blog and journal articles on a variety of subjects.

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