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.
Discretionary Housing Payments
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06899
This note explains the funding position and considers evidence on how Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are allocated by local authorities.
Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07077
This paper discusses the proposals made by the Smith Commission - in its report published in November 2014 - for further devolution of power to the Scottish Government, in relation to taxation, funding and borrowing, and the Government’s plans for their implementation.
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06891
Looks at the rules which came into force in April 2015 giving people more flexibility about when and how to access their defined contribution pension savings
Apprenticeships policy, England
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of apprenticeships policy in England.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Ballot Bills since 1997
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04055
Results of the 2015 Private Members’ bills ballot and spreadsheet showing results from previous sessions since 1997
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Financial provision on the breakdown of a relationship
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05655
This note deals with the law in England and Wales and relates to the division of a couple’s property and income when their marriage or civil partnership breaks down.
The gender pay gap
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07068
The Note reviews the differences between earnings for men and women - often referred to as the gender pay gap – using earnings data for April 2014 published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in its Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00934
Government's policy on the green belt protection is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and associated guidance. This note sets out further information on thes size of the green belt, the number of new homes constructed on it and on possible future policy changes.
Women in the House of Lords
Published 30 June 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0017
This Note provides a short history of women in the House of Lords, looking at the events which led to the first female Peers being permitted to sit in the House. It provides a list of ‘firsts’ for women in the House of Lords, and a list of women who have held significant office in the House.
Scotland Bill 2015-16: Committee stage report
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7233
This page will be updated in the course of the committee stage of the Scotland Bill to provide an account of significant changes, or of amendments that were not successful but generated interest. A full Briefing Paper will be published after the conclusion of the committee stage. It will be available from this page.
Green Investment Bank
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05977
The Government has announced the creation of a Green Investment Bank to stimulate investment in green technologie. This note includes details of its role and its location.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.