Information technology

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on information technology. 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
05.10.2011Home Computer Schemes
This note updates Government schemes for funding computers in the home, and to increase internet access.
31.03.2010Internet access
Internet access: By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2663. This Note provides a summary of information about households with home access to the Internet and individuals' use of the Internet.
27.05.2009Electronic Government
This Standard Note describes e-Government, outlines Government efforts in this field, and related issues.

Research Papers

DateDescription
15.12.2006Statistics and Registration Service Bill (Bill 8 2006-07)
The Statistics and Registration Service Bill (Bill 8 2006-07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/66.
27.07.2000Regional competitiveness and the role of the knowledge economy
Regional competitiveness and the role of the knowledge economy. House of Commons Research Paper 00/73.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
15.09.2011Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
18.07.2011The national programme for NHS IT.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
22.06.2011Cross-government: Information and Communications Technology in government: Landscape review.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
28.04.2011Video games industry in Scotland.
Government response. Scotland Office report [Commons]
09.02.2010Broadband speed.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
11.01.2012WIDE MINDS NETWORK
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 ...
25.11.2011NEXT GEN SKILLS LAUNCH
That this House welcomes the launch of Next Gen Skills, a major new campaign by the UK's leading video games, visual effects, advertising and software technology firms, together with ...
25.10.201115th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION
That this House congratulates the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) on reaching its 15th anniversary year; supports its continued success in tackling criminal online content in the UK ...
18.10.2011CCTV IN UK SLAUGHTERHOUSES
That this House calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals for the mandatory installation of CCTV in UK slaughterhouses; expresses concern that eight of the nine ...
21.06.2011PUBLIC WHIP WEBSITE
That this House believes that constituents have the right to know how hon. Members vote; recognises the important work of the Public Whip website over the past eight years in explaining ...

POST Papers

DateDescription
08.08.2014Big and Open Data in Transport
This POSTnote examines key factors affecting the growth of big data in transport and current and future applications, focusing on road and public transport. It also explores challenges to opening up, collecting, disseminating and using big data, and to sharing data whilst protecting users' privacy.
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.
15.07.2014Big Data Overview
This POSTnote gives an overview of big data.
26.03.2014Surveillance of infectious disease
This briefing describes current surveillance efforts and examines new technological developments and their likely impacts on UK and international public health.
05.03.2014Social Media and Big Data
This POSTnote examines the application of 'big data' approaches to social media in three key areas: elections and polling, commercial applications and security. It also covers the regulation of social media data and public concerns around privacy.

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