Regional assemblies

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

14.05.2015The Greater London Authority
This briefing paper summarises the role and powers of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority.
22.05.2012London elections 2012
Elections for the Mayor of London and London Assembly were held on 3 May 2012. The Conservative candidate Boris Johnson was re-elected as Mayor, winning 44% of first preference votes. Labour won 12 of the 25 London Assembly seats to become the largest party in the Assembly.
19.12.2011The abolition of regional government
This Standard Note sets out the changes and closures that have taken place to the machinery of regional government that existed at the General Election of 7 May 2010. The vast majority of the landscape of regional institutions will no longer exist by 1 April 2012, and very many of the related funding streams will also have been closed down.
30.06.2011Thresholds in Referendums
Referendums have become an established mechanism for validating constitutional initiatives in the UK. The possibility of using an appropriate minimum turnout, or a special majority to ensure that the outcome of such a poll is seen as legitimate is sometimes raised. This note looks at the debate in the UK so far and briefly looks at the use of referendum thresholds in states outside the UK.
09.11.2010Government Offices for the Regions
Government Offices for the English Regions are to be abolished
20.05.2008London elections 2008
Elections for Mayor of London and London Assembly, 1 May 2008.
19.07.2004Referendums on Regional Assemblies
This Paper looks at the policy background to the draft Orders for the conduct of three regional referendums due to be held on 4 November 2004. Including maps of proposed regions.
14.06.2004Regional assemblies: recent developments
Regional assemblies: recent developments. By Oonagh Gay. SN/PC/2190.
21.11.2002Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill 2002/03 (Bill 3 2002/03)
Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill. (Bill 3 of 2002/03) .House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/62.
11.12.1998Greater London Authority Bill: Electoral and Constitutional Aspects (Bill 7 1998/99)
The Greater London Authority Bill: Electoral and Constitutional Aspects (Bill 7 of 1998/99). House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/118.

Lords Library Notes

10.02.2014Regional Representation in the House of Lords
This Library Note provides statistics relating to the regions of the UK with which current Members of the House of Lords have connections.


  • 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