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    • Commons Library Research Papers: in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other major topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
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  • Economic Indicators, March 2015 Published 03 March 2015 | Research papers RP15/10 This paper features analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation, Public expenditure, Unemployment, World economy
  • International Women's Day 2015: Background and statistics Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02936 What are the trends for women's equality in the UK and across the globe? This document provides background statistics for International Women's Day 2015, examining international comparisons and UK-specific data. Topic: Equality, House of Lords, International development, International politics and government, Members of Parliament, Parliament
  • Exchange rates Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02811 Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation, World economy
  • Anti-social behaviour in social housing (England) Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN00264 This note gives an overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour; a term which covers a disparate and broad range of conduct from tensions between neighbours to violent and intimidatory behaviour. Topic: Anti-social behaviour, Housing, Social rented housing
  • Inflation: International Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02794 Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation, World economy
  • Gross Domestic Product Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02783 UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts. Topic: Economic situation
  • Fixed Broadband: Policy and Speeds Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN06643 Explains the current situation with regard to broadband access and coverage and provides an overview of the Government’s broadband policy for the UK. Includes detailed data on broadband speeds and superfast availability by parliamentary constituency, including maps, updated with 2014 data. Topic: Internet and cybercrime, Telecommunications
  • Financial Indicators Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN05207 Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices. Topic: Economic situation
  • Interest Rates and the Money Supply Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02802 Interest Rates and Money Supply: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing policy; and the latest money supply data for the UK. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation
  • Manufacturing Published 03 March 2015 | Standard notes SN05206 Manufacturing: Data on maufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence. Topic: Economic situation, Manufacturing industries
  • Harassment: “Police Information Notices” Published 02 March 2015 | Standard notes SN06411 Constituents sometimes ask about the status of Police Information Notices (PINs) which the police may issue where there are allegations of harassment. These notices (sometimes called Harassment Warning Notices) are not covered by legislation, and don’t themselves constitute any kind of formal legal action. Topic: Crime
  • Household Debt Published 02 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02885 Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies. Topic: Economic situation, Financial services
  • Ethiopia: DFID ends support for the Promotion of Basic Services Programme Published 02 March 2015 | Standard notes SN07116 On 26 February 2015, the Department for International Development (DFID) announced that it was reconfiguring important elements of its bilateral aid programme with Ethiopia. A key element of this reconfiguration is ending its support for the ‘Promotion of Basic Services Programme’ (PBS), a large multi-donor programme that also receives support from the World Bank and the African Development Bank. DFID’s announcement is striking in that it makes no reference to the controversy that has surrounded the PBS in recent years. Some have implicated it in the Ethiopian Government's 'villagisation programme', which has allegedly involved forced resettlement and human rights abuses. This briefing seeks to place DFID’s announcement in context. Topic: Africa, Human rights, International development, International politics and government
  • Licensing Act 2003: objecting to a licence Published 02 March 2015 | Standard notes SN03788 Under the Licensing Act 2003 objections can be raised against an application for a new premises licence or a variation of an existing licence. It is also possible to trigger a review of an existing licence. Objections must relate to one of the licensing objectives: the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety; the prevention of public nuisance; the protection of children from harm. Topic: Licensing
  • Fixed odds betting terminals Published 02 March 2015 | Standard notes SN06946 Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are electronic machines, sited in betting shops, which contain a variety of games, including roulette. Each machine accepts bets for amounts up to a pre-set maximum and pays out according to fixed odds on the simulated outcomes of games. The maximum stake on a single bet is £100, the maximum prize is £500. Critics of the machines claim that they have a causal role in problem gambling. Topic: Gambling
  • Japan: Abe's constitutional and security agenda Published 02 March 2015 | Standard notes SN07115 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (the LDP) won a decisive victory in snap elections held in December 2014. One of the reasons for holding early elections was Abe’s desire to amend Japan’s ‘peace Constitution’ so that in future it expressly permits the country’s armed forces to come to the aid of allies under attack. This is known in Japan as the right of ‘collective self-defence’. In mid- 2014 the Japanese Cabinet approved interpreting the Constitution in this way. Abe is now seeking to give this new interpretation legal and constitutional underpinning. Important as it is, amending Article 9 of the Constitution is just one part of Abe’s plans on the defence and security front. Japan is now looking to enhance its defence capabilities so that it can play a greater role in promoting international “peace, stability and prosperity”. It will also increase its ability to respond effectively to any attack on the Senkaku Islands (as Japan calls them) in the East China Sea. Topic: Asia, Constitution, Defence expenditure, Defence policy, International politics and government
  • Housing Market Published 02 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02820 Housing Market: Data on house prices from the Nationwide and Halifax, mortgage approvals and house-building. Topic: Economic situation, Housing
  • Home education Published 27 February 2015 | Standard notes SN05108 This note provides an outline of the current position relating to home education. It covers England only. Topic: Children and families, Local authorities: education
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment Published 27 February 2015 | Library notes LLN 2015/006 Amended 02 March 2015 This Library Note provides background reading for Members in advance of the debate to be held on 5 March 2015 on 'Women’s Economic Empowerment both Nationally and Internationally'. Topic: Child care, Economic policy, Employment, Equality
  • GDP - international comparisons: key economic indicators Published 27 February 2015 | Standard notes SN02784 Amended 03 March 2015 GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies. Topic: Economic situation, International economic relations, World economy

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