Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

Find a briefing paper
  1. Close

    Glossary

    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
  2. Close

    Topics

    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

Displaying 1-20 out of 5844

House of Commons Members’ Fund
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06794
Looks at proposals to reform the House of Commons Members' Fund, set up in 1939, before a pension scheme was established, to help former Members and their dependants who had financial difficulty.
Civil Service statistics
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02224
This note sets out statistics on Civil Service employment.

Topic: Civil Service

The Horserace Betting Levy
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7368
The Horserace Betting Levy is collected from the gross profit of betting on British horseracing and then applied for the improvement of breeds of horses; the advancement or encouragement of veterinary science or veterinary education; the improvement of horseracing. In his March 2015 Budget, the Chancellor announced that a new Horserace Betting Right would replace the Levy. This would be administered directly by the racing industry and would “apply to all bookmakers, wherever located, taking bets from British customers on British racing”.

Topic: Gambling

The UK competition regime
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04814
This note gives an introduction to the purpose of competition law, and a summary of the institutional arrangements in this country for enforcing it.

Topic: Competition

Evolution of UK money laundering law
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02592
This note charts successive phases of UK money laundering regulations and considers their benefits and burdens..
Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965: 50 Years
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0044
This In Focus highlights the 50th anniversary of the passing and enactment of the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act in 1965. It then presents some context for this anniversary by providing a snapshot of the situation with regards to the use of the death penalty worldwide.
Fixed Broadband: Policy, Coverage and Speeds
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06643
This note sets out the current situation with regard to broadband access and coverage and provides an overview of the Government’s broadband policy for the UK. It focuses on the delivery of broadband targets and funding in England. The devolved administrations have their own delivery programmes.
Trade Union Bill - Committee Stage Report
Published Monday, November 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7369
The Trade Union Bill 2015-16 was introduced in the House of Commons on 15 July 2015.
Restricting pension tax relief
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05901
Looks at recent measures to restrict pension tax relief

Topics: Pensions, Taxation

Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on maufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
VAT on sanitary protection
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN01128
This note discusses the way sanitary protection is charged VAT.

Topic: Taxation

Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
The Office for Budget Responsibility and Charter for Budget Responsibility
Published Friday, November 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05657
This briefing investigates who the Office for Budget Responsibility are and what they do. It also considers the government's fiscal targets, which are included in the Charter for Budget Responsibility.
Shale gas and fracking
Published Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06073
The regulatory regime for fracking in the UK is covered in this note along with comment on environmental concerns. It also covers the new access provisions and debate on fracking in during the Infrastructure Bill’s passage through Parliament.
Sitting hours
Published Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06380
This House of Commons briefing paper outlines changes to the Commons sitting hours that were implemented 15 October 2012. It charts how the sitting hours have changed since 1997.
Equitable Life: compensation scheme
Published Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05971
This note is designed to summarise the processes and principles behind the Equitable Life compensation scheme. It is designed to help constituents who wish to know what they might expect and what they have to do if they believe that they are due compensation.

Displaying 1-20 out of 5844

About libraries

House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides research, analysis and information services for MPs and their staff.

House of Lords Library

The House of Lords Library delivers research and information services to Members and staff of the House in support of parliamentary business.

POST

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology produces independent, balanced and accessible briefings on public policy issues related to science and technology.

Stay up to date

  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Commons Briefing papers
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords In Focus
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords Library notes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTnotes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTbriefs