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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
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  • Iraq, Syria and ISIS - recent developments Published 09 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06977 The advance of ISIS in Iraq and Syria seems to have been slowed, but Western and regional states are struggling to formulate a convincing response to it Topic: Iraq, Middle East, NATO, Terrorism
  • Public service pensions - the employer cost cap Published 09 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06971 Looks at the 'employer cost cap' introduced under the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 to control unexpected increases in Topic: Pensions
  • Living Former MPs Published 09 September 2014 | Standard notes SN05324 A list of all known living former Members as at 16/06/2014. Topic: Members of Parliament
  • Phoenix trading Published 09 September 2014 | Standard notes SN04083 This note looks in detail at the legality of phoenix trading and at the personal liability of directors to the creditors of an insolvent company. It also looks at new provisions contained in the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill, which is currently progressing through Parliament. Topic: Companies, Insolvency, Regulation
  • The Administration of the House of Commons Published 09 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06976 This note sets out how the House of Commons is governed, managed and structured. It also provides some background to the current debate on the appointment of the next Clerk of the House. A backbench business debate on Wednesday 10 September will consider setting up a select committee to review the governance of the House of Commons. Topic: House of Commons
  • Housing Market Published 09 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02820 Housing Market: Data on house prices from the Nationwide and Halifax, mortgage approvals and house-building. Topic: Economic situation, Housing
  • Probation reforms 2014 Published 09 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06974 Probation services are undergoing significant change, with the application of Payment by Resuts to the majority of rehabilitation work, and mandatory supervision of all offenders sentenced to less than 2 years in custody to be contracted out to a mix of providers. The new National Probation Service has managed high risk offenders since June 2014 Topic: Prisons
  • France: Government reshuffle Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06973 Details of the recent Government reshuffle in France. Topic: Europe, International politics and government
  • Gurkha Pensions Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN04375 Amended 09 September 2014 This note looks at the development of pension arrangements for Gurkhas Topic: Armed forces welfare, Pensions
  • Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02655 Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the ethnic and religious composition of the population. Topic: Ethnic groups, Immigration, Population, Religion and faith communities
  • Asylum decisions: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02654 Asylum Decisions: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on asylum decisions in the UK. Topic: Asylum, Immigration, Population
  • Asylum seekers: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02653 Asylum Seekers: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the number and origin of asylum seekers migrating to the UK. Topic: Asylum, Immigration, Population
  • International migration: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02652 International migration: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on international migration to and from the UK. Topic: Immigration, Population
  • Population: Social Indicators page Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02650 Population: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the UK population. Topic: Population
  • Faith Schools: FAQs Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN06972 What makes faith schools different? FAQs and key statistics Topic:
  • Financial provision on the breakdown of a relationship Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN05655 On the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership, a couple may agree between themselves how to divide their assets and income. This may be embodied in a consent order approved by the court. When agreement is not possible, the court may decide an application for financial provision. In such cases, the court is required by statute to have regard to “all the circumstances of the case, first consideration being given to the welfare while a minor of any child of the family who has not attained the age of eighteen”. Topic: Civil partnerships, Divorce, Marriage
  • Takeovers : the public interest test Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN05374 The Enterprise Act 2002 effected a major reform of the merger regime - including a new competition test for assessing mergers & takeovers, to be used in most cases. This replaced a broader public interest test, which some have argued should be reintroduced, to prevent foreign takeovers from damaging national interests. This note discusses the 2002 reform, and the recent debate. Topic: Competition
  • Tenants' deposits Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02121 This note explains the requirement on landlords to place certain tenants' deposits in a statutory tenants' deposit scheme. Topic: Housing, Private rented housing
  • Parental responsibility Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN02827 This note provides information on acquiring parental responsibility, including for unmarried fathers, civil partners and step-parents. Topic: Child care, Children and families, Family law
  • The UK competition regime Published 08 September 2014 | Standard notes SN04814 This note gives an introduction to the purpose of competition law, and a summary of the institutional arrangements in this country for enforcing it. Topic: Competition

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