House of Commons

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the House of Commons. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
10.11.2014Petitions in the House of Commons since 1987-88
Number of petitions presented to the House of Commons since 1987-88
07.11.2014The Administration of the House of Commons
This note sets out how the House of Commons is governed, managed and structured. It also provides some background to the current debate on the appointment of the next Clerk of the House. A backbench business debate on Wednesday 10 September led to the establishment of a select committee to review the governance of the House of Commons.
05.11.2014Progress of the Recall of MPs Bill 2014-15
The Recall of MPs Bill 2014-15 was introduced on 11 September 2014 and had its second reading on 21 October 2014. The committee stage of the Bill took place on the floor of the House of Commons over two days; the first committee stage debate was on 27 October 2014 and the second was on 3 November 2014. Zac Goldsmith tabled a number of amendments that would have replaced the Government's system of recall, triggered by a MP's conduct, with a system that allowed voters to initiate a recall process. The amendment was pressed and was defeated on a division; the Bill was not amended on the first day in committee.
30.10.2014Commons Select Committee Chairs
Select Committee chairs since the 2010 General Election
14.10.2014Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
This background paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.

Research Papers

DateDescription
18.11.2013Women in Parliament: making a difference since 1918
This document, produced especially for Parliament Week 2013, examines the role that women have played in Parliament. It includes a statistics on the increasing number of women in Parliament, brief profiles of selected Women Members and finishes by examining key pieces of legislation that have been passed by women.
01.08.2013House of Commons Trends
This paper sets out key statistics about the House of Commons. The aim is to provide comparisons over time, though periods may vary according to relevance and the availability of consistent data. Some are for Parliamentary sessions, some by calendar year and some by financial year. This should be borne in mind when comparing different sets of information.
11.11.2010Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill 2010-11: Commons Stages
This Paper summarises all Commons stages of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill 2010-11. It supplements Research Paper 10/55 which was produced for the Bill's Second Reading and replaces Standard Note 5697 'Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Progress of the Bill'. No major changes were made during the passage of the Bill in the Commons, but the text of the referendum question was altered and legislative provision was made for the combination of polls on 5 May 2011.
01.09.2010The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill [Bill 63 of 2010-11]
This Paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. The Bill seeks to enable the next general election to be fought under the Alternative Vote system, provided this change is endorsed in a referendum on 5 May 2011 and boundary changes have been made to reduce the size of the House of Commons to 600. New rules for the redistribution of seats are designed to give primacy to numerical equality in constituencies and regular redistributions would take place every five years.
25.02.2010Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Committee stage report
There were some significant amendments during the Committee Stage of this Bill. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority was given control over setting Members' pay and pensions by amendments to the Parliamentary Standard Act 2009. There is to be a new Compliance Officer to investigate alleged misuse of Members' allowances; amendments would ensure that all MPs and peers would be liable to UK taxes; there would be a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote by 31 October 2011; and a new requirement on Returning Officers to begin election counts four hours after a general election poll closes.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
08.02.20122010 elections for positions in the House.
Government response. Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
26.10.2011Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
19.10.20112010 elections for positions in the House.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
27.07.2010House of Commons Commission and Administration Estimate Audit Committee report for 2009-10.
House of Commons Commission report [Commons]
21.07.2010The work of committees in session 2008-09.
Government response. House of Commons Liaison Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
13.12.2011HOUSE OF COMMONS CHEFS
That this House congratulates the House of Commons chefs' football team on successfully retaining The State Opening Challenge Cup after a hard fought 2-2 draw against hon. Members on15 ...
05.12.2011PROPOSED COMMONS TWITTER HASHTAG
That this House notes that it is important to keep up with modern communication techniques; further notes that hon. Members are now allowed to tweet from the Chamber; believes that ...
30.06.2011GENDER AND FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RULES
That this House calls on the Football Association (FA) to abandon their outdated rules, which deny membership of the House of Commons football team to all hon. and Rt hon. lady Members; ...
28.06.2011HOUSE OF COMMONS ATTENDANTS AND HON. MEMBERS' POST
That this House is concerned at the intentions of the House of Commons Commission to remove the delivery of hon. Members' post from attendants to the Royal Mail; praises the hard work ...
11.05.2011TRIBALISM IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
That this House notes that the success of any non-Government or Opposition amendment to proposed legislation, if pressed to a vote, is regarded as a likely occasion for lamentation, ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
09.11.2010Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (HL Bill 26 of 2010-11). LLN 2010/028
Parliamentary Voting System and Constitutencies Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/028

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses