House of Commons

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

02.06.2016Select Committees: evidence and witnesses
This Commons Library briefing paper reviews the power of select committees 'to send for persons, papers and records', that is to obtain oral and written evidence. The Paper considers arguments that have been made to increase select committees' abilities to enforce these powers without recourse to the House. It reviews the arguments for requiring witnesses to give evidence on oath to select committees.
27.05.2016Chairs of House of Commons Select Committee: 2010 - present
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees since the 2010 General Election
23.05.2016Number of Commons sitting days by session since 1945
Commons sitting days by session since 1945
18.05.2016Attendance of the Prime Minister at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) since 1979
Number of PMQs by Parliament and number attended by the Prime Minister
16.05.2016Ballot Bills in the House of Commons since 1997
Results of the Commons Private Members' Bills Ballot since 1997
11.05.2016Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1946
This note lists known appointments to the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and the Manor of Northstead since 1946
10.05.2016Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.
28.04.2016Members' Changes of Allegiance
A list of MPs who have changed political allegiance.
19.04.2016MPs who have withdrawn from the House of Commons or who have been suspended
A list of MPs who have left the Chamber voluntarily, been asked to withdraw or who have been suspended.
14.04.2016Emergency debates in the House of Commons since 1979
A list of emergency debates held in the House of Commons since 1979

Lords Library Notes

12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 3: Home, Legal, Constitutional and Devolved Affairs
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
04.03.2016The Sovereign's Ceremonial and Formal Role in Parliament Today
On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning sovereign in British history. This House of Lords Library briefing focuses on the Sovereign as part of the constitution of Parliament. It captures key aspects of the role of the Sovereign as it relates, in practice, to Parliament today, with an emphasis on the House of Lords. It does this through addressing a selection of the ceremonial and formal roles of the Sovereign: the State Opening of Parliament and its prorogation and dissolution; the calling of a new Parliament, in light of the Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011; Royal Commissions and royal assent; and Queen's consent. The briefing also addresses a number of aspects of the Sovereign's communications and relationship with Parliament more broadly, through Addresses and messages and the Palace of Westminster itself. It provides facts and figures relating to Queen Elizabeth II including: the number of Acts that have received Royal Assent during her reign, Addresses given by the Queen to both Houses in Westminster Hall, and the wording of Queen Elizabeth II's first message to Parliament on her accession to the throne in 1952.
13.10.2015Digital Democracy: Political Participation and Citizen Engagement through the Internet
This Library Note provides an overview of developments around citizens' political engagement and participation through the internet. It has been written in light of the 2015 'Open Up' report by the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy, which set five key targets for the House of Commons and made a number of recommendations to the administration and MPs in how to meet them. Reference to the report and its recommendations are referred to within.
09.11.2010Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (HL Bill 26 of 2010-11). LLN 2010/028
Parliamentary Voting System and Constitutencies Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/028

Select Committee Reports

08.02.20122010 elections for positions in the House.
Government response. Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
26.10.2011Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
19.10.20112010 elections for positions in the House.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
27.07.2010House of Commons Commission and Administration Estimate Audit Committee report for 2009-10.
House of Commons Commission report [Commons]
21.07.2010The work of committees in session 2008-09.
Government response. House of Commons Liaison Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House congratulates the House of Commons chefs' football team on successfully retaining The State Opening Challenge Cup after a hard fought 2-2 draw against hon. Members on15 ...
That this House notes that it is important to keep up with modern communication techniques; further notes that hon. Members are now allowed to tweet from the Chamber; believes that ...
That this House calls on the Football Association (FA) to abandon their outdated rules, which deny membership of the House of Commons football team to all hon. and Rt hon. lady Members; ...
That this House is concerned at the intentions of the House of Commons Commission to remove the delivery of hon. Members' post from attendants to the Royal Mail; praises the hard work ...
That this House notes that the success of any non-Government or Opposition amendment to proposed legislation, if pressed to a vote, is regarded as a likely occasion for lamentation, ...


  • 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