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

02.12.2015Disabled access to goods, services and facilities
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the duties owed by providers of goods, services and facilities to ensure that they do not discriminate against disabled people in accessing these goods, facilities and services.
19.11.2015The Equality Act 2010: caste discrimination
This note provides an overview of the concept of caste, explains the existing law and sets out the background to the order-making power in the Equality Act 2010.
27.10.2015Pensions: civil partnerships and same sex marriages
This note looks at the way in which forming a civil partnership affects rights to state, occupational and personal pensions and at the relevant provisions in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
16.07.2015Women in Parliament and Government
191 women MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election, 29% of all MPs and a record high. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs. 450 women have been elected to the Commons since 1918, nine less than the current number of male MPs.
03.03.2015International Women's Day 2015: Background and statistics
What are the trends for women's equality in the UK and across the globe? This document provides background statistics for International Women's Day 2015, examining international comparisons and UK-specific data.
28.10.2014Married women and state pensions
This note looks at how married women can build state pension entitlement and the option to pay reduced rate National Insurance Contributions until 1977.
22.05.2014The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments
This note provides an overview of the public sector equality duty, contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and Equality Impact Assessments.
05.03.2014Afghan women 2014
Many observers fear that limited gains in women's rights in Afghanistan are already being reversed and that the situation may become worse after the end of 2014.
05.03.2014Women in Public Life, the Professions and the Boardroom
How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom? This note sets out key trends and statistics, covering politics, public appointments, civil servants the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations.
24.12.2013Domestic violence statistics
Summary of statistics on the extent and nature of domestic violence from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

Lords Library Notes

23.11.2015Freedom of Speech in Higher Education Institutions
This Library Note has been prepared to support the debate in the House of Lords on the protection of freedom of speech in universities on 26 November 2015.
10.09.2015Treatment of LGBTI Citizens Worldwide
This Library Note has been written to support the House of Lords debate on the global treatment of LGBTI citizens.
27.02.2015Women's Economic Empowerment
This Library Note provides background reading for Members in advance of the debate to be held on 5 March 2015 on 'Women's Economic Empowerment both Nationally and Internationally'.
12.06.2014Membership of the House of Lords: Ethnicity, Religion and Disability
Members of the House of Lords are not required to provide information about their ethnicity, religious beliefs or any disabilities they may have. However, there is continued interest in the representativeness of the House, as currently composed. This Library Note provides background information on this subject: it summarises existing research on the representation in the House of Lords of minority ethnic groups, religions and disability, and sets out some of the challenges in collecting and interpreting this information.
24.06.2013Debate on 27 June: the Challenges Faced by Women in Developing Countries
This Library Note focuses on the challenges faced by women in the developing world, and the action which is being taken by the UK Government, international governments and multilateral aid organisations to address these challenges. It briefly considers the significance of gender within the field of international development, and goes on to summarise some of the key research and statistics on the position of women in the developing world, focusing on four areas: education, employment, health, and violence against women.
11.02.2013Succession to the Crown Bill (HL Bill 81 of 2012-13)
The Succession to the Crown Bill makes changes to the laws of succession to the Crown. This Library Note summarises the proceedings which have taken place on the Bill during its passage through the House of Commons, ahead of the Bill's second reading debate in the House of Lords on 14 February 2013.


30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.
25.10.2012Mental Health and the Workplace
This note summarises how the workplace affects mental health and vice versa.

Select Committee Reports

01.11.2010Department for Work and Pensions memorandum to the Work and Pensions Select committee on post-legislative...
Department for Work and Pensions report [Commons]
28.07.2010Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
12.07.2010Women in the City.
Government response. Treasury report [Commons]
22.03.2010Women in the City.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
02.03.2010Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the Capability Jane/Working Families report published in December 2011 entitled Job Sharing at a Senior Level: Making it Work; notes that the expectation of ...
That this House expresses its support for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) approach to equal opportunities employment and rejection of prejudice in deciding appointments ...
That this House notes that leprosy is completely curable; welcomes LEPRA Health in Action's Humanity in Action campaign to enddiscrimination againstpeople affected by leprosy worldwide; ...
That this House congratulates Tawakul Karman, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee as worthy and deserving joint recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize 2011; notes that in ...
That this House welcomes the provision in Kenya's new constitution for one third of members of the Kenyan parliament to be women; expresses support for the Kenyan women fighting to ...


  • 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