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

27.01.2016Police complaints systems in the UK
This Briefing Paper gives basic factual information about the police complaints system in England and Wales to assist with constituents' questions. It also gives brief information on the systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly for comparative purposes.
15.01.2016Pre-charge bail
The Government plans to reform pre-charge bail, often referred to as 'police bail', to reduce both the number of people subject to it and its average duration. This briefing sets out the extent of the powers, the controversy surrounding their use, the police response and the Government's proposals.
08.01.2016Fatal shootings by the police in England and Wales
Some notorious cases have highlighted concerns about whether police in England and Wales 'shoot to kill' and whether the systems that might hold the police to account are effective.
25.11.2015Retention of fingerprints and DNA data
This note sets out the current law in England and Wales on the retention of fingerprints and DNA data by the police under the regime introduced by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. It also outlines the background to the changes made by the Act.
12.11.2015Police funding: Social Indicators page
Police funding: Social Indicators page. SN/SG/2616.
12.11.2015Police numbers: Social Indicators page
Police numbers: Social Indicators page
25.09.2015The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and background
This briefing concerns the establishment of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a statutory Inquiry chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard, which formally opened in July 2015. The Chair has stated she hopes to conclude the Inquiry's work before end-2020. This Inquiry replaced the previous, non-statutory, Inquiry set up in July 2014 which saw both of its Chairs resign.
12.08.2015The retention and disclosure of criminal records
This note sets out the rules in England and Wales governing the retention and disclosure of conviction and non-conviction information held on the Police National Computer and the Police National Database.
10.11.2014The UK block opt-out in police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters: recent developments
The UK Government would like to opt back into 35 measures in the area of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters adopted before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, but will the other EU Member States agree unanimously on this? Will the Government manage to get approval for the draft regulations published on 6 November which complete the transposition of 11 of the 35 opt-back-ins?
03.09.2014Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.

Lords Library Notes

25.11.2013Debate on 28 November: Policing
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 28 November 2013 to 'take note of public trust in the police and its role in effective policing, and the system for investigating complaints into police conduct'.
25.10.2013Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
03.11.2011Protection of Freedoms Bill (HL Bill 99 of 2010-12)
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Protection of Freedoms Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.
07.04.2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (HL Bill 62 of 2010-11)
This Library Note provides background reading for the second reading debate of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.
17.01.2008Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (HL Bill 16, 2007-08). LLN 2008/001
Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2008/001
02.02.2007Serious Crime Bill (HL Bill 27, 2006-07). LLN 2007/001
Serious Crime Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2007/001


09.03.2015The darknet and online anonymity
A very small proportion of websites use sophisticated anonymity systems, which allow their operators to conceal their identity if they wish to. This part of the web is commonly referred to as the darknet. The darknet helps citizens to protect their security and privacy and to circumvent censorship. It also facilitate organised crime, such as the billion dollar drug market known as Silk Road. This POSTnote discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising the other uses of anonymity technologies.
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.

Select Committee Reports

15.12.2011Government response to the fourteenth report from the Home Affairs Select Committee on new landscape
Government response. Home Office; Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
14.06.2011Police use of tasers.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
09.06.2011Police finances.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
04.05.2011Constitution Select Committee (HL) fourteenth report on Part 1 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility...
Constitution Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
03.05.2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]

Early Day Motions

24.11.2011POLICE (S.I., 2011, No. 2744)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that thePolicing Protocol Order 2011 (S.I., 2011, No. 2744), dated 15 November 2011, a copy of which was laid before this ...
That this House recognises the urgent need for a full judicial inquiry into the Metropolitan Police Service's handling of the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan in 1987; notes ...
That this House notes the Prime Minister's commitment to meet legitimate claims under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886by police authorities in areas where the recent public disorder took ...
That this House notes the different responses of different retailers following the recent public disorder in Manchester; applauds the decision of Sainsbury's to refuse to claim under ...
That this House notes with concern the recent misinterpretation by Lancashire Police officers of public order legislation that resulted in police officers visiting a Christian cafe ...


  • 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