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 ongoing court cases and the Government's new proposals for dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.
A briefing paper on some "key issues" in the forthcoming elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly
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- Culture, media and sport
- Economic policy
- Economic situation
- EU institutions
- EU law and treaties
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Constituents sometimes complain to their MPs that a neighbour’s CCTV camera is “intrusive” and ask what the law states.
This Library Briefing gives an overview of data protection law and when Members of Parliament can share the personal information of constituents.
This paper describes the functions and powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which is responsible for scrutinising the UK's intelligence and security agencies. It outlines reforms to the Committee under the Justice and Security Act 2013, and summarises recent inquiries.
The paper provides a timeline of events and statistics on casualties, Syria's humanitarian and refugee situation, and UK aid spending and military activity.
This paper examines the regime for proscribing organisations under the Terrorism Act 2000. It explains the criteria that must be met for proscription, the associated criminal offences, and the process for deproscription. It also considers recently proscribed organisations, and some criticisms of the regime.
Following its passage through the House of Lords, this briefing analyses the progress of the Telecommunications (Security) Bill up until this point. It provides a summary of what happened during both Commons and Lords stages and how the Bill has changed. It is prepared in advance of consideration of Lords amendments to the Bill in the House of Commons, scheduled for Monday 8 November 2021.
The Queen’s Speech in May 2021 announced a new bill to provide the security services with the tools they need to tackle the threat from hostile activity by states. The Government subsequently published a consultation on proposals for legislation to counter state threats which closed in July 2021. This briefing paper examines the background to these proposals and concerns about the implications for press freedom.
This briefing examines the available statistics on terrorism since 2001 in Great Britain.
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?
11 September 2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States and the end of a military presence in Afghanistan that has spanned two decades.
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
The Library has published a series of briefings on international dimensions of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020, ranging from general surveys of its impact on developing countries to assessments of its effects in specific situations. Links to these briefings can be found here.
A briefing paper charting the creation and development of the Northern Ireland border
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