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  • Unemployment by Constituency, April 2014 Published 16 April 2014 | Research papers RP14/23 This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics Topic: Economic situation, Employment, Unemployment
  • Accident and Emergency Performance: England 2013/14 Published 14 April 2014 | Research papers RP14/22 Amended 16 April 2014 How many people attended accident and emergency departments in 2013/14? What was the pattern of A&E attendance across the year and across the country? How do NHS trusts compare on key performance metrics such as waiting times? Topic: Ambulance services, Health services
  • Direct taxes: rates and allowances 2014/15 Published 04 April 2014 | Research papers RP14/21 This paper sets out the main changes to direct tax rates and allowances announced in the Budget on 19 March 2014. Topic: National insurance, Taxation
  • Economic Indicators, April 2014 Published 01 April 2014 | Research papers RP14/20 This Research Paper series summarises the main economic indicators currently available for the UK, along with comparisons with other major OECD countries. This months articles: Income tax: The higher rate threshold and Who is economically inactive? Topic:
  • Wales Bill 2013-14 Published 27 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/19 Amended 02 April 2014 The Wales Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 20 March 2014; it is due to have its second reading on 31 March 2014. The Bill devolves some tax-raising powers to the National Assembly for Wales. Stamp duty and landfill tax are devolved, while a power is created to reduce income tax by 10 pence in the pound and put a Welsh rate of income tax in its place. The Bill allows these powers over income tax to be devolved only if they are approved in a referendum, the calling of which is subject to parliamentary approval and a two-thirds majority in the Assembly. Topic: Devolution, National Assembly for Wales, Taxation
  • Unemployment by Constituency, March 2014 Published 19 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/17 This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics Topic: Economic situation, Employment, Unemployment
  • Prospects for Afghanistan as ISAF withdrawal approaches Published 19 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/18 2014 is a pivotal year for Afghanistan, with a crucial presidential election in April and the end of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) combat mission in December. Security overall is deteriorating in Afghanistan and although the Afghan National Security Forces are taking the lead, questions remain about their effectiveness and the government’s dependence on international help to pay for them. It is unclear whether there will be any Western military presence after 2014. Negotiations with the Taliban do not seem to offer much hope. Topic: Afghanistan, Armed forces, Human rights, International politics and government, Middle East, Terrorism
  • Economic Indicators, Budget Update Published 17 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/15 This Research Paper series summarises the main economic indicators currently available for the UK, along with comparisons with other major OECD countries. Topic:
  • Ukraine, Crimea and Russia Published 17 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/16 Amended 24 March 2014 In November 2013 the Ukrainian government decided not to sign a planned Association Agreement with the EU and demonstrations ensued in the capital Kiev. The ‘Euromaidan’ demonstrations turned violent in early 2014 and in February, some European foreign ministers mediated a compromise, involving a unity government and early elections. Topic: EU external relations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International law, International politics and government, Russia
  • Intellectual Property Bill [HL] Committee Stage Report Published 10 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/14 The Intellectual Poperty Bill would simplify and clarify design protection and ownership, with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized enterprises. It would introduce new criminal penalties for copying of UK registered designs, facilitate the UK’s joining the international Hague Agreement, and provide for a new design opinions service. It would also allow for the creation of a Unified Patent Court and the international sharing of information on patents. In addition, there is provision for a research exemption from freedom of information law and for greater accountability on the part of the Intellectual Property Office. Topic: Intellectual property
  • Care Bill [HL] Committee Stage Report Published 05 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/13 The Bill would consolidate existing legislation for adult social care in England into a single framework, and introduce reforms to the way care and support is accessed and funded. It also includes reforms to the regulation of health services and care standards, and would establish Health Education England (HEE) and the Health Research Authority (HRA) as statutory non-departmental public bodies. The final section of the Bill would enable the establishment of the Better Care Fund to promote joint working between the NHS and care and support services. Topic:
  • Economic Indicators, March 2014 Published 04 March 2014 | Research papers RP14/12 This Research Paper series summarises the main economic indicators currently available for the UK, along with comparisons with other major OECD countries. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation
  • Census 2011 Constituency results: United Kingdom Published 27 February 2014 | Research papers RP14/10 Amended 20 March 2014 Census data for UK constituencies - age, country of birth, ethnicity, car ownership housing tenure. Highest and lowest constituencies, maps and access to demographic profiles of all parliamentary constituencies. Topic: Census, Parliament, Population
  • Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Bill [HL] Published 26 February 2014 | Research papers RP14/11 The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill [HL] is based substantially on a draft bill prepared by the Law Commission. It is following the special procedure which applies to Law Commission bills. The Bill is a technical Bill which would amend aspects of the law of intestacy and family provision claims; and the statutory powers of trustees in all trusts. Topic: Civil law, Wills and intestacy
  • Criminal Justice and Courts Bill Published 20 February 2014 | Research papers RP14/8 The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would make a number of changes to the criminal justice system including sentencing; cautions; prisoners’ release and recall; and the detention of young offenders. It would also reform court proceedings and costs; establish a new system of strict liability in contempt proceedings; create new offences for juror misconduct; make changes to the conduct and funding of judicial review claims; and amend the law on extreme pornography. Topic: Administration of justice, Civil law, Courts, Crime, Crimes of violence, Criminal law, Prisons, Sexual offences
  • Unemployment by Constituency February 2014 Published 19 February 2014 | Research papers RP14/9 This paper contains labour market figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest national and regional statistics. Topic: Economic situation, Employment, Unemployment
  • Economic Indicators, February 2014 Published 04 February 2014 | Research papers RP14/7 This Research Paper series summarises the main economic indicators currently available for the UK, along with comparisons with other major OECD countries. Topic:
  • Deregulation Bill Published 30 January 2014 | Research papers RP14/6 Amended 17 February 2014 The Bill proposes a range of measures in line with the Government’s aim to reduce burdens on businesses and public authorities. Topic: Companies, Crime, Employment, Energy, Housing, Insolvency, Prisons, Railways, Regulation, Roads
  • Consumer Rights Bill Published 27 January 2014 | Research papers RP14/5 This Research Paper has been produced to inform Second Reading debate on the Consumer Rights Bill, which was introduced to the House of Commons on 23 January 2014 and is due to have its Second Reading on 28 January 2014. Topic: Competition, Consumers
  • Counter- terrorism Bill Committee Stage Report Published 24 January 2014 | Research papers RP08/52 Amended 28 January 2014 This paper has been published for the Report Stage debate on the Counter-Terrorism Bill . The bill is wide-ranging but the most contentious provisions relate to pre-charge detention, post charge questioning and inquests and inquiries. Topic: Terrorism

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