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    Research for Commons debates

    Explore research related to debates in the House of Commons. Find Commons Library publications, Committee reports, POST notes, and documents produced by government departments and agencies. This page is regularly updated as and when documents are published.

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    Syria and its civil war: A future under Assad?

    The paper discusses the state of Syria's civil war in 2021, prospects for peace, and the strengthened international position of its President, Bashar al-Assad.

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    Minimum pension age

    Looks at the rules on the 'normal minimum pension age', which is the earliest age from which individuals can access workplace or personal pensions, and measures in the Finance (No. 2) Bill to increase it from 55 to 57 from 2028

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    Stability and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    A Backbench Business Committee debate on ‘Stability and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina' is scheduled for Thursday 2nd December in the Main Chamber. The debate will be led by Alicia Kearns MP, Sarah Champion MP and Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP.

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    The campaign for Gurkha pensions

    This briefing paper looks at campaign for improved pension rights Gurkhas with service before July 1997

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    Public service pension age

    Looks at the pension age in the reformed public service schemes introduced in 2015, and concerns raised about the impact on certain occupational groups, such as prison officers and ambulance staff

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    Overseas voters

    This Briefing Paper provides information on the eligibility to vote in UK Parliamentary elections for British citizens living overseas and the government's plans to end the 15-year rule - it's 'votes for life' policy.

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    Support for UK Veterans

    This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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    Child Maintenance: Fees, enforcement and arrears

    Statistics on the fees in a child maintenance application, and the enforcement steps taken when child maintenance is not paid on time or in full.

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    National memorial to the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit

    A Westminster Hall debate on a ‘National memorial to the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 9 November from 9:30am. This Backbench Business debate will be led by Andrew Bowie MP.

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    The conflict in Afghanistan: A reading list

    This reading list provides links to Parliamentary and other material on the conflict in Afghanistan since 9/11.

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    UK defence personnel statistics

    This note provides details on how UK military service personnel statistics are measured and discusses current and historic strength levels. The Army, Naval and RAF Services are examined, as well as the reserve elements of these services. Statistics on the diversity of the military, inflow and outflow rates, and surplus/deficits of strength against targets are discussed. Detailed tables are available in the downloadable PDF.

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    National Insurance Contributions Bill 2021-22

    The National Insurance Contributions Bill 2021-22 [Bill 10 of 2021-22] was introduced on 12 May 2021. The Bill had its second reading on 14 June 2021.

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    Status of the Iran nuclear deal

    Talks on restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal) and bringing Iran back into compliance have been stalled since June 2021. At the same time, Iran has continued to escalate its nuclear activities. What are the prospects for the JCPOA?

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