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    Debate Pack

    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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    Debate Pack

    Peace and human rights in Colombia

    A debate on a Motion relating to ‘Peace and human rights in Colombia’ has been scheduled for Thursday 15th July 2021 at 3.15pm in Westminster Hall. The debate has been initiated by Kate Osborne MP

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    Research Briefing

    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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    Research Briefing

    The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill 2017-19

    The Bill will enable members of the regular armed forces to serve part-time or to restrict the amount of time they spend separated from their normal place of work.

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    Research Briefing

    Nationality and immigration requirements for the UK’s armed forces

    This briefing paper outlines the nationality requirements for Commonwealth citizens to join the UK's armed forces. It explores the immigration requirements for Commonwealth armed forces personnel on discharge, and the immigration requirements for non-EU family members of both Commonwealth and British armed forces personnel.

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    Insight

    Armed forces: Pay award delayed

    Armed forces personnel will receive a delayed pay award for a second year running. Here we look at how pay for the armed forces is agreed, the role of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body and the impact on retention.

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    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Bill (Bill 94 of 2005-06)

    The Armed Forces Bill (Bill 94 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/86

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    Research Briefing

    War widows’ pensions

    Looks at the change in the rules to allow all people in receipt of a War Widow(er)s' Pension in April 2015 to keep it for life (regardless of remarriage or cohabitation) and at the campaign for reinstatement of pensions already surrendered

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    Research Briefing

    Afghanistan: Fall of the Government and the transition of power

    On 15 August 2021 the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul. Afghanistan's President, Ashraf Ghani, left the country and his Government collapsed. What are the implications, and will a Taliban government be recognised by the international community?

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    Research Briefing

    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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    Research Briefing

    Queen’s Speech 2021

    This Library briefing identifies issues and bills that may appear in the Queen's Speech on 11 May 2021 or require legislation in the forthcoming parliamentary session.

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    Research Briefing

    Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21

    The Government presented the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill on 18 March 2020, thereby meeting its 100-day self imposed deadline. Second Reading has been scheduled for 23 September 2020. Aspects of the Bill are already generating controversy.

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    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Bill (Bill 4 2000/01)

    The Armed Forces Bill (Bill 4 of 2000/01). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/03.

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    Research Briefing

    Government rules out Combat Compensation Scheme

    The government has announced it will not proceed with plans to introduce a new combat compensation scheme for armed forces personnel and veterans. This paper briefly explains the original proposals, concerns raised and the government's announcement.

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    Research Briefing

    Public service pensions – the 2015 reforms

    This notes looks at the reforms to public service pensions introduced in 2015 under the Public Service Pensions Act 2013

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    Debate Pack

    Strength of the UK’s armed forces

    An Opposition Day debate on the strength of the UK’s armed forces has been scheduled for Wednesday 14 April 2021 in the House of Commons Chamber.

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    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Voting

    The Armed Forces can register to vote as ordinary electors, as overseas voters, or as service voters. There has been concern about the under-registration of the Armed Forces, especially those serving overseas, and the difficulties they face in participating in the electoral process more generally.The Note also gives a brief history of how the system of voting by members of the Armed Forces has changed, particularly during the periods directly after each World War.