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

02.05.2014"Indecent" publications in shops
The availability of 'soft' pornography and 'lads' mags' in newsagents and shops has attracted criticism from campaigners who claim that these publications portray women as 'dehumanised sex objects' and are often on display where they can be seen by children.
27.03.2014The Leveson Report: implementation
This note provides pointers to the developments since publication of the report. It does not attempt to summarise the complex arguments involved or differences between the various proposals for draft legislation that have been brought forward.
26.06.2012Phone hacking - Inquiries and reports
This note provides brief details about the ongoing inquiries and investigations associated with phone hacking and the various reports produced. It also gives details of the legislation regarding relevant offences and provides links to timelines of events.
20.06.2012Press regulation: international comparisons
This Note provides a brief overview of systems of press regulation in a number of foreign countries. Where possible, it details the sanctions available to the regulator in the event that a newspaper breaches a voluntary or statutory code of industry practice. If there is an established mechanism for the arbitration of press complaints, this is noted.
20.06.2012Press regulation - the debate
Following the discovery of widespread 'phone-hacking' by journalists at The News of the World and other British newspapers, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, established in July 2011 a multi-part inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. Lord Justice Leveson was appointed as Chairman of the Inquiry. The first part (or 'module'), which concluded its public hearings on 9 February 2012, concentrated on the relationship between the press and the public. Much of the material quoted in this Library Note comes from the evidence presented to this module (the first of four), but the Note will be updated periodically to take account of evidence presented at later modules.

Research Papers

31.12.2009Video Recordings Bill (Bill 14 of 2009-10)
This Bill would repeal and immediately revive, without amendment, the Video Recordings Act 1984. Its purpose is to rectify a procedural error made during the passage of the Act, thereby to make the latter enforceable in UK courts. It would also allow the Act to be subsequently amended by the Digital Economy Bill 2009-10.
26.02.2008British Board of Film Classification (Accountability to Parliament and Appeals) Bill Bill 16 of 2007-08
The British Board of Film Classification (Accountability to Parliament and Appeals) Bill (Bill 16 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/21.

Select Committee Reports

02.02.2012The future of investigative journalism.
Communications Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
15.09.2011Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
17.03.2011Channel 4 annual report and accounts 2009-10.
Government response. Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
07.12.2010Channel 4 annual report and accounts 2009-10.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
22.06.2010Future for local and regional media.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House condemns the proposed 75 job losses at Trinity Mirror's national newspaper titles, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People; notes that these cuts come at a time ...
That this House is concerned about the ongoing threats to, and arrests and killing of journalists in Somalia; condemns the mass arrest of journalists without charge in Somaliland; believes ...
That this House is shockedat the announcement by Media Wales that it is to cut 22 jobs across its publications in Wales; notes that the proposals by Media Wales management would see ...
That this House condemns the sacking of over 200 journalists and staff at the News of the World (NotW); supports the National Union of Journalists inits campaign to help journalists ...
That this House is concerned about the spreading evidence for, and the extent of, unauthorised access, organised or freelance, to voicemail and other methods of privacy intrusion; asks ...

POST Papers

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.
01.07.2007Radio spectrum management, July 2007
Radio spectrum management, July 2007. POSTnote 07/292.
01.06.2006Analogue to digital TV switchover, June 2006
Analogue to digital TV switchover, June 2006. POSTnote 06/264.


  • 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