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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.
    • Commons Library Standard Notes: 3,000 briefings on topical issues or frequently asked questions.
    • Lords Library Notes: Written by the research section of the House of Lords Library to provide information on topics of current interest to members
    • POSTnotes: Short briefings produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology analysing policy issues that have a basis in science and technology.
    • POST Reports: Occasional major reports produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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  • Ebola Outbreak 2014 Published 22 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06999 The 2014 Ebola outbreak started in Guinea in December 2013 and now Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are all severely affected. It is the largest outbreak to date, at the time of writing there were over 9,000 confirmed or suspected cases. This note provides an overview of the disease, the international and UK responses to the 2014 outbreak and an outline of some of the experimental treatments being considered for use. Topic:
  • Obtaining a copy of a will Published 21 October 2014 | Standard notes SN03194 This note sets out information about obtaining a copy of a will. In general, a will is a private document unless and until a grant of probate is issued. Once a grant of probate has been issued, a will becomes a public document and anyone can apply to have a copy. In this note “testator” means the person who has written a will; “personal representatives” means the people who administer the estate of the deceased; and “beneficiary” means a person who receives property under the will. Topic: Wills and intestacy
  • Self-build and custom build housing sector Published 21 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06784 This note provides information on the support, including financial support, available from Government to individuals or groups wishing to build or commission their own homes. It includes information on the development of the self-build and custom build sector and the main challenges the sector faces in securing land and finance. Topic: Housing, Housing supply, Owner occupation
  • Shale gas and fracking Published 21 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06073 Drilling for shale gas is at only the exploratory phase in the UK. But the rapid development of shale gas resources in North America has transformed the world gas-market outlook. This note includes new tables showing petroleum exploration licences by constituency. Topic: Energy, Environmental protection, Oil, petrol and natural gas, Planning
  • The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill 2014-15 Published 20 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06998 Amended 23 October 2014 This Private Member's Bill builds on existing Government initiatives, particularly the proposed ‘Right to Build’, with the aim of increasing the number of self/custom built properties in England and Wales. This note explains existing intiatives to promote the self/custom build sector and provides an overview of the Bill's provisions. Topic: Housing, Housing supply, Owner occupation
  • Websites charging for government services Published 20 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06826 Searching on the internet in order to apply for a European Health Card (EHIC), booking a driving theory test or renewing a passport, brings up websites for businesses which offer to check, review and forward applications for a fee. Advertisements for these businesses may feature prominently in search results. Topic: Consumers
  • UK-USA Mutual Defence Agreement Published 20 October 2014 | Standard notes SN03147 The Mutual Defence Agreement allows the US and UK to exchange nuclear materials, technology and information in order to improve their atomic weapon design, development and fabrication capabilities. The most important part of the MDA is due to expire at the end of 2014 and therefore an amendment treaty, which will extend this deadline to 2024, must be ratified by both States and brought into force by the end of this year. Topic: Arms control, Defence policy, International law, North America
  • Employment: key economic indicators Published 17 October 2014 | Standard notes SN02796 Employment: data on employment in the UK. Topic: Economic situation, Employment
  • Education expenditure: Social Indicators page Published 17 October 2014 | Standard notes SN02631 Updated to include spending figures published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 2014 Topic: Further education, Higher education, Schools
  • Productivity Published 17 October 2014 | Standard notes SN02791 Productivity: Data showing UK productivity by sector and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries. Topic: Economic situation, Industry
  • ISIS: the military response in Iraq and Syria Published 17 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06995 UK air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, who else is involved and the debate about ‘boots on the ground’. Topic: Armed forces, Iraq, Middle East, Military operations, Terrorism
  • Average Earnings: Economic Indicators page Published 17 October 2014 | Standard notes SN02795 Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors and manufacturing and service sectors. Topic: Economic situation, Pay
  • Statistics on migrants and benefits Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06955 This note collates the main data available on UK benefits paid to migrants or in respect of children living abroad. Topic: Family benefits, Immigration, Working age benefits
  • Unemployment: Regional Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN02798 Unemployment: Regional: Regional data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment. Topic: Unemployment
  • Unemployment - National: key economic indicators Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN02797 Unemployment - National: Data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK. Topic: Unemployment
  • Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06111 The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 creates a five year period between general elections. Early elections may only be held in specified circumstances. The Act also extends the terms of the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales, so that the next elections are in 2016. Topic: Elections, Parliament
  • Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Progress of the Bill Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06997 This is a note on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (the Bill). It complements Library Research Paper 14/38 prepared for the Commons Second Reading. Topic: Charities, Civil law, Voluntary organisations
  • Live Music Act 2012 Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06996 The Live Music Act 2012 means that a licence for a live music performance is no longer required if it takes place between 8am and 11pm; it takes place at a licensed premises or workplace; the audience is no more than 200 people. A draft Order was laid before Parliament in July 2014 that would raise the audience limit to 500. Topic: Licensing
  • Flexibility for DC pension savers from April 2015 Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06891 From April 2015 people with savings in a defined contribution scheme aged 55 or over are to be able to choose when and how to access their pension saving, subject to their marginal rate of income tax. Legislation is in the Taxation of Pensions Bill 2014/15 Topic: Pensions
  • Regional Economic Indicators Published 15 October 2014 | Standard notes SN06924 Data summarising the economic situation in the UK regions Topic: Economic situation

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