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  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Bill 2021-22: Progress of the Bill

    The Armed Forces Bill 2021-22 completed Committee of the Whole House on 23 June 2021. Remaining stages are yet to be scheduled.

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    Research Briefing

    The Armed Forces Bill 2019 – 2021

    This briefing paper sets out the background to the Armed Forces Bill 2019-21. This Bill has its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 8 February 2021.

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    Research Briefing

    House of Lords amendments to the Environment Bill 2021-22

    Following its passage through the House of Commons, the Environment Bill 2021-22 has now completed its second reading, committee stage, report stage and third reading in the House of Lords. This paper is a summary of what happened in those House of Lords stages and about how the Bill has changed.

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    Research Briefing

    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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    Research Briefing

    The Armed Forces Covenant and status in law

    The next five-yearly Armed Forces Bill is due in 2021. The Government has said it will use the bill to further incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law. This Commons Library paper explains what the Covenant is, its current status in law and the Government’s proposals.

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    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments

    The Armed Forces Bill 2015-16 returns to the House of Commons on 11 May 2016 for consideration of Lords amendments. This briefing paper provides information on these amendments.

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    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Bill 2015‑16

    The five-yearly Armed Forces Bill provides the legal basis for the UK's armed forces and its system of military law.

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    Research Briefing

    The Service complaints system

    The Ministry of Defence is reforming the service complaints system. This Commons Library paper explains the evolution of the system, the role of the Ombudsman, criticism and proposed reforms of the system.

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    Research Briefing

    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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    Research Briefing

    The review of the service justice system

    The next quinquennial Armed Forces Bill is due in 2021. In 2017 the Ministry of Defence commissioned a review of the service justice system in preparation for the Bill. This paper explains what the Service Justice System is, the main outcomes of the review and the Government’s response.

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    Debate Pack

    Human rights in Kashmir

    A debate on human rights in Kashmir has been scheduled for Thursday 23 September 2021 in the main House of Commons Chamber.

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    Research Briefing

    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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    Research Briefing

    Resettlement scheme for locally employed civilians in Afghanistan

    Following the withdrawal of British and coalition forces from Afghanistan there are ongoing fears for the safety of thousands of former locally employed Afghan civilians who assisted them. This briefing examines the Government's policies for offering locally employed civilians relocation in the UK.

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    Research Briefing

    Amendments to the Armed Forces Bill

    This note examines the Committee of the Whole House amendments to the Armed Forces Bill that have been tabled thus far.

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    Research Briefing

    The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill

    The Queen’s Speech 2017 announced plans for an Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill. This short paper looks at what we know so far about the Bill. The Library will produce a full briefing paper on the Bill for its Second Reading in the House of Commons.

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    Research Briefing

    Afghanistan statistics: UK deaths, casualties, mission costs and refugees

    This briefing looks at the UK’s military contribution to the operations in Afghanistan, detailing the number of fatalities and casualties sustained by UK armed forces personnel; the cost of the operations; the number of aircraft missions flown; and the number of Afghan refugees that have come to the UK during the period since 2001.

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