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

20.05.2016Commons Library analysis: The international anti-corruption summit in May 2016
This Commons Library briefing discusses the international summit on anti-corruption held in London on 12 May 2016 and what so far has emerged from it.
19.05.2016The Pensions Regulator: Powers to protect pension benefits
Looks at the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect pension scheme benefits.
12.05.2016Employment rights and insolvency
This briefing describes the options available to employees when owed money by an insolvent employer or one who refuses to pay statutory redundancy pay.
18.03.2016Budget 2016: a summary
A summary of Budget 2016 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances.
12.02.2016EU referendum: impact of an EU exit in key UK policy areas
This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change if the UK left the EU: would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
04.02.2016Phoenix trading
This Library briefing paper looks in detail at the legality of phoenix trading and at the personal liability of directors to the creditors of an insolvent company. In addition to the Insolvency Act 1986 (as amended) and the Enterprise Act 2002, this note looks at new provisions contained in the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015.
27.01.2016Late Payment of debts
This note provides a history of the UK's legislation and other initiatives on late payment of debts.
04.01.2016Market Abuse Directive/Regulation
This note outlines the introduction and purpose of the Market Abuse Directive and Regulation which has as its aim the prevention of insider dealing and the misuse of financially sensitive market information in the financial markets.
25.11.2015Insolvency Practitioners' Fees
New rules requiring Insolvency Practitioners to provide upfront estimates of what they will charge for their work came into force on 1 October 2015. This briefing paper provides information on the background to, and the main provisions of, the Insolvency (amendment) Rules 2015.
10.11.2015Policy on small firms 1997-2015
This Paper describes policy initiatives between 1997 and 2015 designed to meet the needs of small firms. It outlines their original purpose and what happened to them.

Lords Library Notes

12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 1: Business, Culture, Education, Health and Welfare
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.
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
07.10.2015Enterprise Bill (HL Bill 63 of 2015-16)
This Library Note has been prepared to provide briefing material ahead of the Enterprise Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 12 October 2015.
28.11.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (HL Bill 57 of session 2014-15)
This Library Note provides background reading ahead of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 2 December 2014.
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.
19.04.2012Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 139 of 2010-12)
This Library Note provides background information on the Sunday Trading (London Olympic and Paralympic Games) Bill due to have its second reading in the House of Lords on 24 April 2012.


24.05.2016Financial Technology (FinTech)
Financial Technology (FinTech) describes the application of digital technology to financial services. This POSTnote reviews how and why FinTech is being used, and the benefits and challenges it presents to the UK.
15.12.2015UK Commercial Space Activities
The UK space industry had a turnover of 11.8bn in 2012/13.1 By 2030, the UK Government and industry want this to grow to 40bn. In December 2015 the Government published the UK's first National Space Policy, which sets out its vision for achieving growth. This POSTnote describes the UK space industry and potential barriers to growth.
19.10.2015Trends in ICT
This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.
29.05.2015UK Broadband Infrastructure
The growing use of smart phones and data intensive services (such as video streaming), has increased demand for both fixed and mobile internet. This POSTnote looks at patterns in broadband access and use, and the technical and policy challenges of enhancing UK broadband infrastructure to meet future needs.
15.07.2014Big Data and Business
POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

Select Committee Reports

26.07.2010Mergers, acquisitions and takeovers: The takeover of Cadbury by Kraft.
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
30.03.2010Mergers, acquisitions and takeovers: the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
23.02.2010Pub companies: follow-up.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
24.11.2009Any of our business? Human rights and the UK private sector.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]
23.11.2009The impact of the current economic and financial situation on businesses in the West Midlands region....
Communities and Local Government; West Midlands Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House is shocked to learn from Action Aid, the leading overseas aid organisation, the fact that 98 per cent. of the FTSE 100 listed companies use tax havens and that they ...
That this House congratulates ActionAid UK for compiling a database providing a comprehensive overview of the use of tax havens and potential tax avoidance by FTSE 100 companies; notes ...
That this House expresses profound concern at the proposed appointment of a commercial management company to partner Defence Business Services; believes that allowing a private sector ...
12.09.2011ARGOS LTD
That this House notes recent unfair criticism of Argos; believes that Argos is a great British company employing over 33,000 people and contributing 4.3 billion in sales to the UK economy, ...
That this House notes with admiration the news that Britain's co-operative sector out-performed the wider UK economy in the past year in a boost for businesses owned by their employees ...


  • 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