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    Research Briefing

    All-women shortlists

    This note looks at the background to the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002 which allowed political parties to draw up all-women shortlists of candidates for elections; and its extension. It gives details of Labour candidates selected through all-women shortlists and methods of positive action used by the main political parties to increase the number of women MPs.

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    Research Briefing

    Women around the world: International Women’s Day 2016

    This briefing gives an introduction to International Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th of March. It examines a variety of indicators for women’s equality both in the UK and internationally.

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    Debate Pack

    Debate Pack: UK space policy

    This pack has been produced ahead of the debate on space policy to be held on the Commons Chamber on Thursday 14 January 2016. The topic for this debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee. The motion is : That this House notes the scientific, cultural and technological opportunities arising from exploration of outer space and the significant contribution the space industry makes to the UK economy; further notes the increased public interest in space exploration resulting from Major Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS); welcomes the global co-operation that has led to the development of the ISS over the last forty years; takes note of the shortlist of airports and aerodromes that could host a UK spaceport published by the UK Government in March 2015; and calls on the Government to bring forward further advice and support for organisations considering developing such facilities so that they might be operational by the Government’s target date of 2018.

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    Debate Pack

    Fuel Poverty

    This Debate pack has been complied ahead of the debate on Fuel Poverty to be held on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 16:30 in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Drew Hendry MP. Debate packs are produced quickly after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for MPs on request to the Library.

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    Research Briefing

    Overview of military drones used by the UK Armed Forces

    Remotely Piloted or Unmanned Aircraft, more commonly known as drones, have been described as the most contentious conventional weapons system currently in use. This note provides an overview of their use by the UK armed forces.

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    Research Briefing

    Trade Union Bill

    The Trade Union Bill 2015-16 was introduced in the House of Commons on 15 July 2015.

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    Research Briefing

    The Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030

    This Note considers the Reflection Group established by the European Council in December 2007 to discuss the future of Europe.

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    Research Briefing

    Housing: construction defects

    Housing: construction defects. By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/2030. This note outlines assistance available for owners of homes that are of a defective construction type.

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    Research Briefing

    Energy Bill: Committee Stage Report

    This paper complements Library Research Paper 12/79 on the Energy Bill 2012-13. It covers the Bill’s Second Reading and Committee Stages. The Bill seeks to implement electricity market reform and introduces ‘contracts for difference’ to support all forms of low carbon generation, including nuclear. Government amendments made during Committee Stage related to cheaper energy tariffs and setting a decarbonisation target.

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    Research Briefing

    State Second Pension

    This note outlines the development of the State Second Pension

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    Research Briefing

    The Combat Air Strategy: From Typhoon to ‘Tempest’?

    The Government's Combat Air Strategy sets out the Government's ambition to develop a new combat aircraft for the 2030's. This Commons Library briefing paper provides a brief overview of the Strategy.