Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can find research briefings by sorting by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

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    • Commons Briefing papers: 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.
    • Lords Library Notes: 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.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: 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.
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Migration Statistics
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06077
A guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.
UK Broadband Infrastructure
Published 29 May 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0494
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.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Taxation of North Sea oil
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00341
This note gives a short description of the way North Sea oil is taxed, before discussing the reforms that have been made to the fiscal regime since 2000.
Greek debt crisis: developments in 2015
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07114
This briefing provides summary and analysis of developments in the Greek debt crisis, including an overview of the origins of the crisis and a review of latest developments.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
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.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published 29 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
Sugar and Health
Published 28 May 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0493
Sugars can be added to food and drinks or occur naturally in fruit, vegetables and milk. A high sugar diet increases the risk of tooth decay and weight gain, and high consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with type 2 diabetes. This paper describes trends in sugar consumption in the UK, the public health implications and outlines policy options.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published 28 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)
Published 28 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04737
This note gives an overview of EEA migrants' eligibility to apply for social housing in England and considers the question of whether these people have preferential access to social housing and can 'jump the housing queue.'
Government bank rescues: financial consequences
Published 28 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05748
This standard note gives some basic numbers concerning the government's net expenditure on banks rescued during the financial crisis of 2008-9 and the debts owed to it by other organisations.
Talking Therapies for Mental Health Problems: Statistics
Published 28 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06988
How many people are referred for cognitive behavioural therapy and other talking therapies for mental health problems? How long are waiting times for treatment after referral? This note gives data for the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for local CCGs.
Industries in the UK
Published 28 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06623
This note presents data on the value and relative contribution of major industries to the UK economy
Freedom of Information requests
Published 28 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02950
This note gives a brief summary of the rights in relation to Freedom of Information and includes information about how to make a request, the role of the Information Commissioner and how the Act applies to Parliament.
Business statistics
Published 28 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06152
Businesses since 2000, small businesses, business by region, businesses by industry, business births and deaths and information on female representation in business. It also features some discussion of the sources of business statistics and their coverage.
Legal help: where to go and how to pay
Published 27 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03207
This note provides information about where to seek legal help and advice
Communications Data: The 2012 draft Bill and recent developments
Published 27 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06373
A draft Communications Data Bill was introduced and scrutinised by Parliament in 2012-13. The draft Bill, referred to by critics as a “snooper’s charter”, was not taken forward, following opposition from the Liberal Democrats. The Queen's Speech in 2015 promised an Investigatory Powers Bill, which is expected to replicate features of the earlier draft Bill.
Planning for onshore wind
Published 27 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04370
In England the planning process for onshore wind developments varies according to size. This note sets out planning policy for onshore wind development, controls in place, rules on separation distances, possible community benefits and new Government proposals for change.

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