This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on population. 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

08.09.2014Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page
Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the ethnic and religious composition of the population.
08.09.2014Asylum decisions: Social Indicators page
Asylum Decisions: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on asylum decisions in the UK.
08.09.2014Asylum seekers: Social Indicators page
Asylum Seekers: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the number and origin of asylum seekers migrating to the UK.
08.09.2014International migration: Social Indicators page
International migration: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on international migration to and from the UK.
08.09.2014Population: Social Indicators page
Population: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the UK population.

Research Papers

03.09.2014Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
27.02.2014Census 2011 Constituency results: United Kingdom
Census data for UK constituencies - age, country of birth, ethnicity, car ownership housing tenure. Highest and lowest constituencies, maps and access to demographic profiles of all parliamentary constituencies.
19.03.2013Census 2011 Constituency results: England & Wales
2011 Census comparisons of constituencies in England and Wales; which has the largest population? and which has the lowest car ownership? (and a range of other variables and links to on-line resources)
26.07.2012Olympic Britain
Olympic Britain tells the story of the profound economic and social change in the UK since the two previous London Olympics, in 1908 and 1948, using statistics and expert analysis. The book can also be browsed using the Parliament website at www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/olympic-britain/
14.01.2009Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition of Social Indicators includes an article from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, Washington , D.C.. This edition includes: Social background of the United States Congress 2009 Local authority finance in a recession 2011 UK Census of Population Underage drinking Excess winter mortality

Select Committee Reports

22.03.2010London's population and the 2011 census.
London Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes the continuing repression of the Mapuche indigenous people of Chile, the recent hunger strike by Mapuche political prisoners since 12 July 2010 and the demands ...
That this House welcomes the ratification of International Labour Organisation Convention 169 on the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples by the Central African Republic, the first ...
That this House calls attention to World Population Day on 11 July 2010; commends the United Nations Population Fund for designating this date in 1989 to focus attention on the importance ...
That this House welcomes the cross-government resolution to provide funding for a fourth page of questions for the 2011 census; notes that this means that the Office for National Statistics ...
That this House recognises there is a considerable Kashmir community within the UK and praises the community for its contribution to the fabric of British life; notes that in previous ...

POST Papers

03.07.2013Uncertainty in Population Projections
Population projections inform policy formulation across a wide range of areas. While short-term projections are generally reliable, longer-term figures are subject to ever greater uncertainties. This POSTnote examines the sources of these uncertainties and explores projection methods which aim to take them into account.
03.10.2011An Ageing Workforce
This POSTnote examines the main challenges to the participation and productivity of older people in the workforce.
01.06.1994World population growth
This POSTnote reviews knowledge of the causes and effects of population growth in the context of ICPD. POSTnote 52. POST. 1994.
01.05.1991World population
This POSTnote examines the underlying trends in global population, the reasons for them, their implications and related issues. POSTnote 25. POST. 1991.


  • 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