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

Productivity: Data showing UK productivity by sector and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
04.09.2014Business support schemes - statistics
Statistics on take up and cost of Government schemes that support businesses and SMEs
29.08.2014The Aerospace Industry
The aerospace industry is considered by the Government as a 'phenomenal success story' and a sector that offers 'tremendous opportunities for growth'. The UK has a 17% global market share in aerospace industry revenues, making it the largest in Europe and second only to the US worldwide.
13.08.2014Enterprise Zones
The Government has announced the location of 25 new Enterprise Zones in England. Businesses in these small areas will benefit from tax and planning concessions and superfast broadband.
26.06.2014International comparisons of manufacturing output
Manufacturing: comparisons of UK manufacturing and other major economies since 1970.

Research Papers

12.09.2012Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill
This briefing has been prepared to inform the Second Reading debate on the Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill
12.03.2009Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill
This Bill would amend section 8(5) of the Industrial Development Act 1982 and section 1(1) of the Export and Investment Guarantees Act 1991. The Bill proposes to increase the total level of financial support to industry allowed under section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982. The Bill also proposes to widen support provided by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) to include exports that have already taken place.
02.05.2007An economic introduction to India
An economic introduction to India. House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/40.
28.06.2004Small firms: Red Tape
Small firms: red tape. House of Commons Research Paper 04/52.

Select Committee Reports

19.10.2011Retail distribution review.
Government response. Treasury Select Committee; Treasury; Financial Services Authority report [Commons]
06.07.2011Retail distribution review.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
12.05.2011Government assistance to industry.
Government response. Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
10.02.2011Government assistance to industry.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
18.03.2010Industry and Innovation in the North East of England.
Government response. North East Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes the recent changes to the UK's mobile number portability system which Ofcom has introduced; is concerned that the UK remains the only country in Europe where consumers ...
That this House notes with concern that British tradesmen are being priced out of the market by EU nationals; further notes that despite not being offered the original contracts, British ...
That this House calls on the Government to hold a national jobs summit involving business, trade unions and other key stakeholders to agree a jobs and growth strategy for the UK; supports ...
That this House notes that Corus will repay the bonus their employees are owed for the last two quarters in their November pay packet; welcomes this as a comfort for steelworkers who ...
That this House supports the Kondh tribal people of Niyamgiri, India in opposing the British-listed company Vedanta Resources plc project to construct a bauxite mine in the area; recognises ...

Lords Library Notes

26.06.2014Consumer Rights Bill (HL Bill 29 of 2014-15)
The Consumer Rights Bill makes provision for the reform of consumer law in the UK and connected areas of law. This Note summarises the Bill's report stage and third reading in the House of Commons.
12.07.2013Debate on 18 July: Role of Government in Generating Economic Prosperity and Employment
This Note outlines recent data on the performance of the UK economy, announcements by the Government for capital spending, spending on research and development and action to help businesses gain access to funding. It also looks at proposals for the Government to take more of a role in managing growth, in particular whether the UK needs a more coherent and long-term industrial strategy.
28.10.2011Debate on 3 November: The Creative Industries
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on the importance of the creative industries in the United Kingdom.

POST Papers

02.10.2014Civilian Drones
This briefing provides an overview of current and future applications of unmanned aircraft, and opportunities and barriers for civilian use
16.02.2012Low Carbon Technologies for Energy-Intensive Industries
Energy-intensive industries such as chemicals, paper, ceramics, cement, iron and steel are responsible for 45% of carbon emissions from businesses and the public sector in the UK. This briefing discusses carbon dioxide (CO2) abatement technologies for these industries and policies to support their adoption.
01.01.2008Smart materials and systems, January 2008
Smart materials and systems, January 2008. POSTnote 08/299.
01.07.2007New industries in the deep sea, July 2007
New industries in the deep sea, July 2007. POSTnote 07/288.
01.02.1995Encouraging industrial R & D
This POSTnote summarises the current debate and recent academic findings on the efficacy of fiscal measures to encourage industrial R&D. POSTnote 57. POST. 1995.


  • 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