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.
A Backbench Business debate on a proposal for an inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the NATO-led mission to Afghanistan has been scheduled for Thursday 4 November 2021 in the main House of Commons Chamber. The debate will be led by Tobias Ellwood MP.
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.
The purpose of the Armed Forces Bill is to provide the legal basis for the Armed Forces and the system of military law which exists in the UK. It also offers an opportunity to make necessary amendments, such as those required by changes to civilian law in the UK or as a result of cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights. The Bill has also been used, on occasion, to introduce new measures relating to the Armed Forces that fall outside the Bill’s traditional remit.
Unlike the majority of Government Bills, the Armed Forces Bill has traditionally been committed to a specially convened Select Committee after Second Reading, which sits only for the duration of the Bill.
Three oral evidence sessions were held in early February 2011 on some of the general themes associated with the Bill. Armed Forces welfare and the section of the Bill relating to the Military Covenant received particular attention. Those sessions were then followed by four sessions dedicated to formal consideration of the Bill. Several amendments relating to clause 2 of the Bill were moved in Committee, but after extensive debate were defeated on division.
The Special Report of the Select Committee was published on 10 March 2011 (HC 779, Session 2010-11).
Six amendments to the Armed Forces Bill were agreed at Lords Third Reading which took place on 10 October, including several tabled or supported by the Government. This note briefly examines those amendments.
The Ministry of Defence published a review of the Service Police as part of a wider review of the Service Justice System. This Commons Library briefing paper discusses who the Service Police are, what they do, and the outcome of the review.
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.
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.
The investigation of former British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles” is receiving a significant amount of media and parliamentary attention as a result of several ongoing court cases and the Government's new proposals for dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.