Service industries

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the service industries including retailing. 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

03.06.2016Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
23.05.2016Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
02.10.2015Industries in the UK
This note presents data on the value and relative contribution of major industries to the UK economy
02.10.2015The retail industry: statistics and policy
Key data on the retail sector in the UK. Government policy and pressures facing the industry are also discussed.
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.
02.08.2012Supermarkets : competition inquiries into the groceries market
This note looks at long-running concerns about the dominance of the four major supermarkets in the UK groceries market - and the two inquiries undertaken by the competition authorities in the last decade.
23.11.2010Parliamentary Material on Royal Mail to May 2010
This note provides information and links to Parliamentary information on the Post Office and Royal Mail Post Offices to May 2010.
19.10.2010Supermarkets Controls over Buyer Power
This note deals with concerns that the four large supermarkets are so large that farmers and other suppliers are not paid a fair price for their produce
02.03.2010EU bibliographies: Services Directive
This Note brings together documents relevant to the "Services Directive", its scrutiny in the UK and EU, and its implementation in the UK.
01.06.2009Health Bill [HL]: Tobacco control provisions (Bill 97 2008-09)
Part 3 of the Health Bill (HL) 2008-09 contains tobacco control provisions designed to protect children and young people from the harm caused by smoking. This paper provides information on current legislation and policy in respect of the display and sale of tobacco products from retail premises and vending machines as well as outlining the changes proposed in the Bill.


02.10.2014Civilian Drones
This briefing provides an overview of current and future applications of unmanned aircraft, and opportunities and barriers for civilian use
01.02.2009Food hygiene standards, February 2009
This briefing describes recent developments in food regulation and examines options to improve food hygiene in businesses through monetary penalties, training and the use of local "Scores on the Doors" schemes.

Select Committee Reports

23.03.2010Pub companies: follow-up.
Government response. Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
04.03.2009Mobile phone charges in the EU: Follow up report.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House recognises the vital work of those in the cleaning profession; supports the call from Mr Guy Stallard, Director of Facilities at KPMG and a member of the Living Wage ...
That this House notes that compulsory state registration of hairdressers is supported by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority, City and Guilds, Freelance Hair and Beauty Federation, ...
That this House regrets that the victims of the failed Christmas hamper and savings company Farepak have not yet received compensation following the company's liquidation in October ...
That this House notes a number of recent tragic cases of people injured and even killed by peroxide hair products; further notes that these injuries are entirely preventable without ...
That this House condemns the recent attack on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee by Enterprise Inns' Chief Executive Ted Tuppen, who described the Committee's efforts in ...


  • 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