Service industries

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the service industries including retailing. 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
29.12.2014Service industries
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities .
19.12.2014Retail sales: economic indicators
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
02.04.2014Industrial policy since 2010
Industrial policy is the way that government supports industry to boost the economy. This note surveys industrial policy since 2010.
25.09.2013Industries in the UK
This note presents data on the value and relative contribution of major industries to the UK economy
02.08.2012Supermarkets : competition inquiries into the groceries market
This note looks at long-running concerns about the dominance of the four major supermarkets in the UK groceries market - and the two inquiries undertaken by the competition authorities in the last decade.

Research Papers

DateDescription
01.06.2009Health Bill [HL]: Tobacco control provisions (Bill 97 2008-09)
Part 3 of the Health Bill (HL) 2008-09 contains tobacco control provisions designed to protect children and young people from the harm caused by smoking. This paper provides information on current legislation and policy in respect of the display and sale of tobacco products from retail premises and vending machines as well as outlining the changes proposed in the Bill.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
23.03.2010Pub companies: follow-up.
Government response. Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
04.03.2009Mobile phone charges in the EU: Follow up report.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
13.12.2011LIVING WAGE FOR CLEANERS
That this House recognises the vital work of those in the cleaning profession; supports the call from Mr Guy Stallard, Director of Facilities at KPMG and a member of the Living Wage ...
06.12.2011REGISTRATION OF HAIRDRESSERS (No.2)
That this House notes that compulsory state registration of hairdressers is supported by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority, City and Guilds, Freelance Hair and Beauty Federation, ...
29.11.2011FAREPAK COMPENSATION
That this House regrets that the victims of the failed Christmas hamper and savings company Farepak have not yet received compensation following the company's liquidation in October ...
22.11.2011USE OF PEROXIDE IN HAIRDRESSING
That this House notes a number of recent tragic cases of people injured and even killed by peroxide hair products; further notes that these injuries are entirely preventable without ...
21.11.2011ENTERPRISE INNS AND BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS COMMITTEE REPORT ON PUB COMPANIES
That this House condemns the recent attack on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee by Enterprise Inns' Chief Executive Ted Tuppen, who described the Committee's efforts in ...

POST Papers

DateDescription
02.10.2014Civilian Drones
This briefing provides an overview of current and future applications of unmanned aircraft, and opportunities and barriers for civilian use
01.02.2009Food hygiene standards, February 2009
This briefing describes recent developments in food regulation and examines options to improve food hygiene in businesses through monetary penalties, training and the use of local "Scores on the Doors" schemes.

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