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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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  • Attempts to Amend Crown Succession Published 19 March 2015 | Standard notes SN04663 Private Members’ Bills since that have sought to amend crown succession prior to the Government's Succession to the Crown Bill Topic: Crown
  • Lifetime survivors pensions from public service schemes Published 19 March 2015 | Standard notes SN07109 Amended 26 March 2015 Looks at why some survivors of public service pension scheme members lose their survivors pensions if they remarry or cohabit Topic: Pensions
  • ISIS and the sectarian conflict in the Middle East Published 19 March 2015 | Research papers RP15/16 The radical jihadis of ISIS still control large areas of Iraq and Syria, despite the international campaign against them. But who are they really? Topic: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Military operations, Terrorism
  • The Parties’ housing policy commitments 2015 Published 19 March 2015 | Standard notes SN07142 Amended 23 March 2015 This note collates public commitments made on housing policy by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party ahead of the publication of the parties' 2015 election manifestos. Topic: Benefits policy, Elections, Homelessness, Housing, Housing benefits, Housing standards, Housing supply, Mortgages, Planning, Private rented housing, Social rented housing, Taxation
  • Budget 2015: a summary Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN07141 Amended 20 March 2015 This note provides an overview of the 2015 Budget along with analysis of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation, Public expenditure, Taxation
  • Restricting pension tax relief Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN05901 Looks at recent measures to restrict pension tax relief Topic: Pensions, Taxation
  • Calls to change migrant domestic worker visa conditions Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN04786 On 17 March the Commons voted to disagree with a Lords amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill 2014-15, which would have restored an entitlement for all migrant (‘overseas’) domestic workers to change employer, and entitled those found to be victims of slavery to a three month temporary visa, to enable them to find alternative employment as a domestic worker. The Government maintains that reinstating a right to change employer for all domestic workers would not deter abuse and exploitation. Its alternative amendment focuses on protections for migrant domestic workers who are recognised victims of trafficking/slavery. The amendment is due to be considered by the Lords on 25 March. Topic: Immigration
  • Unemployment by Constituency, March 2015 Published 18 March 2015 | Research papers RP15/15 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
  • The Civil Service Code Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN06699 The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 sets out a requirement that there should be a Civil Service Code. The Code must provide that civil servants carry out their duties for the assistance of the administration of the day. These duties must be carried out with “integrity and honesty” and “objectivity and impartiality”. Topic: Civil Service
  • Planning for Housing Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN03741 It is Government policy to encourage more house building within the planning system. This note sets out how local authorities are directed to plan for housing. Topic: Housing, Housing supply, Planning
  • Sex and Relationship Education in Schools Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN06103 This note provides an overview of the legislation and guidance currently in place regarding sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools, and also outlines related reviews and proposals in Parliament. Topic: Schools
  • Employment: key economic indicators Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02796 Employment: data on employment in the UK. Topic: Economic situation, Employment
  • Unemployment - National: key economic indicators Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02797 Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK. Topic: Unemployment
  • Average Earnings: Economic Indicators page Published 18 March 2015 | 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
  • Youth unemployment statistics Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN05871 Amended 30 March 2015 743,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in November to January 2015, down 12,000 on the previous quarter and down 181,000 on the previous year. Topic: Unemployment
  • Unemployment: Regional Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02798 Unemployment: Regional: Regional data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment. Topic: Unemployment
  • Waiting Times for Hospital Treatment Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN07009 How long do patients wait for hospital treatment after referral by a GP? Under the NHS Constitution for England, patients have a legal right to start consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral for non-urgent conditions. This note presents data, charts and maps on the number of people treated, waiting times by NHS area team and NHS provider, and data on individual treatment specialisms. Topic: Health services
  • Police pensions - current reforms Published 17 March 2015 | Standard notes SN06965 Looks at current reforms to police pensions Topic: Pensions
  • Economic Indicators, Budget Update Published 17 March 2015 | Research papers RP15/14 This update is published ahead of the 2015 Budget. It summarises the main economic indicators currently available for the UK and other major economies. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation
  • Fixed odds betting terminals Published 17 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

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