Manufacturing industries

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

03.06.2016Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
13.05.2016Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Manufacturing: Data on maufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
05.05.2016UK steel industry: statistics and policy
The steel industry: statistical summary of the UK and international industry; analysis of current prospects; summary of Government policy; timeline of events.
05.10.2015Motor industry: statistics and policy
Motor manufacturing in the UK. Statistics and policy regarding this industry.
02.10.2015Industries in the UK
This note presents data on the value and relative contribution of major industries to the UK economy
06.08.2015Manufacturing: statistics and policy
Manufacturing in the UK - key data and a summary of government policy
18.06.2015International comparisons of manufacturing output
Manufacturing: comparisons of manufacturing in the UK and other major economies since 1970.
04.03.2015The aerospace industry: statistics and policy
This note analyses key statistics and presents details of how Government policy supports the industry.
02.04.2014Industrial policy, 2010 to 2015
Industrial policy is the way that government supports industry to boost the economy. This note surveys industrial policy since 2010.
29.09.2009Vehicle scrappage scheme
This note provides an overview of the vehicle scrappage scheme in the UK.

Lords Library Notes

12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards


18.09.2013Autonomous Road Vehicles
10.09.2012Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced manufacturing is a key part of the Government's 'Plan for Growth'. This POSTnote looks at the opportunities for growth through advanced manufacturing and related new business models. Policy initiatives to encourage advanced manufacturing, barriers to its adoption and the skills required for the advanced manufacturing workforce are also considered.
25.05.2012Assessing Energy Efficiency
This POSTnote examines definitions of energy efficiency, looks at methods to measure and verify achieved energy savings and summarises UK and EU polices to promote energy efficiency.
01.07.2008New anti-infectives, July 2008
New anti-infectives, July 2008. POSTnote July 2008.
01.01.2008Smart materials and systems, January 2008
Smart materials and systems, January 2008. POSTnote 08/299.
01.01.2008Synthetic biology, January 2008
This POSTnote outlines recent developments, the possible applications and risks of synthetic biology and examines policy options for the development and governance of the research. Synthetic biology, January 2008. POSTnote 08/298.

Select Committee Reports

12.05.2011Is Kraft working for Cadbury?
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
08.03.2011Sheffield Forgemasters.
Government response. Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
30.11.2010Sheffield Forgemasters.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
07.04.2010Teesside Cast Products.
Government response. North East Select Committee report [Commons]
06.04.2010Full speed ahead: maintaining UK excellence in motorsport and aerospace.
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the decision of the Secretary of State for Transport to bring forward the procurement of approximately 130 additional electric multiple unit rail vehicles for ...
That this House notes the bankruptcy of Allied Steel Wire (ASW) in 2002 and the deficits of its company pension schemes; recognises the dedicated campaign of John Benson, Denis Kelleher ...
That this House welcomes Sheffield University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) initiative, in partnership with Rolls-Royce and Boeing, to promote the development and ...
That this House welcomes the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group's Made by Britain project which highlights the importance of specialist manufacturing to the British economy; ...
That this House notes the huge contribution of Geoff Waterfield, the late Community Union branch secretary and Multi Union chair at Teesside Cast Products steelworks, in the campaign ...


  • 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