Research and innovation

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on research, development and innovation. 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

27.10.2014Research and development expenditure: Social Indicators page
UK research and development expenditure with regional breakdown and international comparisons.
24.07.2014Energy Storage R&D
There is a widely held view that electricity storage has a role to play in the future of energy, helping to integrate increasing levels of renewable generation into the UK generation mix
This note provides information about the introduction of the NHS system and the use of patients' data for research, and about how patients' can opt out of having information from their medical records shared through this system.
07.03.2014Research and Development in the UK
How much is spent on research and development in the UK? How is this spending broken down by region, industry and government department? In answering these and related questions, this note presents and examines a wide range of data relating to R&D in the UK.

Research Papers

09.03.2007The Statistics and Registration Service Bill, Committee Stage Report
The Statistics and Registration Service Bill, Committee Stage Report. House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/25
10.01.2007Social Indicators
Social indicators. [Includes articles on Research and Development in the UK and Prison Population. Also includes topical subject page on The Weather] House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/02.

Select Committee Reports

07.09.2011Strategically important metals.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
07.09.2011UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation.
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
18.07.2011Peer review in scientific publication.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
17.05.2011Public procurement as a tool to stimulate innovation.
Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
04.05.2011Strategically important metals.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House congratulates the work of Wide Minds, or WiMi, a network that acts as a forum for innovation and best practice in digital learning; notes that WiMi has a presence in ...
That this House notes that Americium-241 is a by-product of nuclear power stations such as those in Heysham; further notes that the University of Leicester is now developing radio isotope ...
That this House notes the importance of the aims of the Antibiotic Action Initiative of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy that is examining ways to encourage the discovery, ...
That this House welcomes the finalreport by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on Pub Companies (Tenth Report of Session 2010-12, HC 1369-I), which found that industry self-regulation ...
That this House notes that space science and exploration, an area of world leadership in the UK's science base, has delivered significant long-term economic benefits, in addition to ...

Lords Library Notes

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.
15.10.2012Debate on 18 October: Scott Expedition to Antarctica and Scientific Legacy
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 18 October: 'the centenary of the Scott Expedition to Antarctica and of the United Kingdom's enduring scientific legacy and ongoing presence there'.

POST Papers

14.10.2014Preventing Mitochondrial Disease
This note describes new treatments designed to prevent mothers with mitochondrial disease passing their condition on to their children and looks at the issues raised by their potential use in IVF.
02.10.2014Civilian Drones
This briefing provides an overview of current and future applications of unmanned aircraft, and opportunities and barriers for civilian use
22.07.2014Big Data and Public Health
This POSTnote examines the sources of data, their current and potential uses for health improvement, and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.
15.07.2014Big Data and Business
POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
10.07.2014Big Data, Crime and Security
This POSTnote examines the use of large and varied data in three key areas: crime prevention, crime detection and national security. It also covers regulatory issues and public perception about privacy, civil liberties and social benefits.
26.03.2014Transparency of clinical trials data
This briefing examines ways of achieving greater transparency and the issues that they raise.


  • 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