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    Research Briefing

    Military Assistance to Ukraine

    Western military assistance to Ukraine has been longstanding, but was increased significantly after 2014 and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Recent events, which have seen the build-up of Russian military forces in Crimea and on the eastern Ukrainian border, have once again thrown a spotlight on the nature of Western support to the country. 

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    Research Briefing

    The Armed Forces Bill 1995/96

    The Armed Forces Bill (Bill 5 1995/96). House of Commons Library Research Paper 95/125.

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    Research Briefing

    Defence Command Paper 2021: Summary

    This paper summarises the key points of the Defence Command Paper 'Defence in a Competitive Age'.

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    Research Briefing

    Coronavirus: Deploying the armed forces in the UK

    The Government has announced up to 20,000 military personnel will be put on standby to support the public services as part of a new Covid Support Force. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at when the armed forces can be deployed in the UK and how this might apply during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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    Research Briefing

    The Pupil Premium

    This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of policy on the Pupil Premium since its introduction in 2011, including funding levels, eligibility criteria, and accountability.

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    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Covenant and the 2015 Annual Report

    On 10 December 2015 the Government published its latest annual report on the Armed Forces Covenant. It highlights all of those areas where progress has been achieved over the last year and outlined some key priorities for the future. Among them is the extension of the Armed Forces Covenant to members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy. The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2015 is the subject of a Westminster Hall Debate on Thursday 7 January 2016.

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    Research Briefing

    Integrated Review 2021: Summary

    The Government published its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy: Global Britain in a Competitive Age, on 16 March 2021. Billed as the biggest review of the UK's defence and security since the end of the Cold War, it sets out the UK's approach to the expected challenges of the next decade.

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    Debate Pack

    Size and strength of the British armed forces

    A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Size and strength of the British armed forces’ is scheduled for Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 9.30am. The Member initiating the debate is Leo Docherty.

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    Research Briefing

    Armed Forces Bill: Committee Stage Report

    The Committee of the Whole House debate on the Armed Forces Bill took place on 14 June 2011. All of the Government’s amendments to the Bill relating to the call-out of the Reserves and the Armed Forces Covenant were adopted. Several other amendments and new clauses relating to the Covenant and the publication of defence statistics were defeated on division. Report Stage and Third Reading of the Bill is scheduled for 16 June 2011.

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    Research Briefing

    ISIS/Daesh: the military response in Iraq and Syria

    An update on the military campaign in Iraq and Syria is available in CBP8011, Syria and Iraq: update June 2017. This document will no longer be updated but serves as a useful summary of the military campaign against ISIS to March 2017.

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    Insight

    UK Army to be reduced to 72,500

    The existing target of 82,000 personnel, set in 2015, has been scrapped.

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    Research Briefing

    Judges’ pension schemes

    Looks at current issues regarding judges' pensions

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    Research Briefing

    Suicide prevention: Policy and strategy

    This briefing paper considers suicide prevention policies and strategies throughout the UK. It outlines national and local approaches to prevention policy in some key policy areas.

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    Research Briefing

    UK deployment and recent political challenges in Mali

    The UK is sending 250 soldiers to Mali to join the UN peacekeeping mission in 2020. Mali faces considerable political, security and governance challenges, compounded by a military coup in August 2020. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the deployment and the situation in Mali.

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    Research Briefing

    Public service pensions – response to McCloud

    Discusses the Government's plans to remedy discrimination in the transitional arrangements for the 2015 public service pension schemes

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    Debate Pack

    Armed Forces Covenant

    A general debate on the ‘Armed Forces Covenant’ has been scheduled for Thursday 22 November 2018 in the Main Chamber.