House of Commons

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

Commons Briefing Papers

09.11.2015House of Commons Members' Fund
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.
05.11.2015Sitting hours
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.
04.11.2015Conventions on the relationship between the House of Commons and House of Lords
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out the conventions on the relationship between the two Houses of Parliament and their origins. On 4 November 2015 the Leader of the House of Lords announced the terms of reference of the Government's review into how to secure the decisive role of the elected House of Commons in the passage of legislation. This briefing paper also sets out the background to the review.
30.10.2015Chairs of House of Commons Select Committee: 2010 - present
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees since the 2010 General Election
23.10.2015House Business Committee
In November 2009, the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons recommended the establishment of a House Business Committee to 'assemble a draft agenda to put to the House in a weekly motion'. Although, the House approved the establishment of a House Business Committee and the Coalition Agreement included a commitment to establish it, a House Business Committee has not been set up. The current Government has no intention of bringing forward proposals to establish a House Business Committee.
23.10.2015English votes for English laws
Government motions to amend Standing Orders to implement its plans for English votes for English were agreed on 22 October 2015. This note outlines the effect of the new Standing Orders on Government bills. It also provides some background on the debate on and scrutiny of the proposals.
22.10.2015Maiden Speeches since 1918
Maiden speeches in the House of Commons since 1918
20.10.2015Commons Opposition Day Debates since 1997
Opposition day debates in the House of Commons since the 1997 General Election with links to Hansard.
This note looks at the background to the introduction of a new joint petitions system and a new Petitions Committee
20.10.2015Emergency debates in the House of Commons since 1979
Emergency debates in the Commons since 1979

Lords Library Notes

13.10.2015Digital Democracy: Political Participation and Citizen Engagement through the Internet
This Library Note provides an overview of developments around citizens' political engagement and participation through the internet. It has been written in light of the 2015 'Open Up' report by the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy, which set five key targets for the House of Commons and made a number of recommendations to the administration and MPs in how to meet them. Reference to the report and its recommendations are referred to within.
09.11.2010Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (HL Bill 26 of 2010-11). LLN 2010/028
Parliamentary Voting System and Constitutencies Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/028

Select Committee Reports

08.02.20122010 elections for positions in the House.
Government response. Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
26.10.2011Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
19.10.20112010 elections for positions in the House.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
27.07.2010House of Commons Commission and Administration Estimate Audit Committee report for 2009-10.
House of Commons Commission report [Commons]
21.07.2010The work of committees in session 2008-09.
Government response. House of Commons Liaison Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House congratulates the House of Commons chefs' football team on successfully retaining The State Opening Challenge Cup after a hard fought 2-2 draw against hon. Members on15 ...
That this House notes that it is important to keep up with modern communication techniques; further notes that hon. Members are now allowed to tweet from the Chamber; believes that ...
That this House calls on the Football Association (FA) to abandon their outdated rules, which deny membership of the House of Commons football team to all hon. and Rt hon. lady Members; ...
That this House is concerned at the intentions of the House of Commons Commission to remove the delivery of hon. Members' post from attendants to the Royal Mail; praises the hard work ...
That this House notes that the success of any non-Government or Opposition amendment to proposed legislation, if pressed to a vote, is regarded as a likely occasion for lamentation, ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) 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.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - 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
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - 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.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses