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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Constituency Casework: Anti-Social Behaviour
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7270
Get help with constituency casework: Anti-Social Behaviour. A briefing to assist MPs and their staff in dealing with enquiries from constituents regarding anti-social behaviour.
Interest Rates and the Money Supply: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Money Supply: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing policy; and the latest money supply data for the UK.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
BBC: Future Financing and Independence
Published 03 September 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0026
This Library Note sets out background information about the BBC’s purpose, funding and independence and explains the Royal Charter renewal process. It then provides an overview of the green paper’s four themes and highlights the views on these of the BBC Trust and, where relevant, those expressed by parliamentary committees.

Topics: Media, Broadcasting

Syrian refugees and the UK
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06805
As the Syrian crisis gets ever deeper and worries grow about the many Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, there is pressure for the UK to accept more Syrian refugees. 216 people have been resettled in the UK under the 'Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme' (as at March 2015), and over 4,000 Syrians have been granted asylum in the UK.

Topics: Asylum, Middle East

Regeneration of towns and cities in England
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0055
This is a Debate Pack for the debate on Regeneration of towns and cities in England in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 8 September 2015. Debate Packs are collections of parliamentary and other relevant material produced for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall, other than half hour adjournment debates
Spending Review 2015: background
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7290
Background to the Spending Review 2015 which will be announced on 25 November 2015.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on maufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Taxation of banking
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05251
This note looks at the public debate about reforming the tax treatment of the banking sector in the wake of the financial crisis, before discussing the different approaches taken by the Labour Government, its Coalition successor and the new Conservative Government.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06385
The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note looks at unemployment by ethnic background, including analysis by age group and gender.
Apprenticeships policy, England
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of apprenticeships policy in England.
Nuisance Calls: Unsolicited sales and marketing, and silent calls
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06033
Nuisance calls (i.e. unsolicited - and unwanted - marketing messages, silent or abandoned calls) cause widespread harm and inconvenience which have been acknowledged by the previous and current Government and the relevant regulators. This note sets out the key regulations which seek to address nuisance calls and the main sources of assistance and their limitations.
Food Waste
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07045
Households produce the largest amounts of food waste in the UK. The scale of the problem has been set in recent Parliamentary reports and debates. This note describes further the scale and implications of food waste, and sets out industry and other responses to tackle it.
Zero-hours contracts
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06553
This note discusses zero-hours contracts; a type of contract used by employers whereby workers agree to be potentially available for work although have no guaranteed hours.

Topic: Employment

Migration Statistics
Published 02 September 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.
Maiden Speeches since 1918
Published 01 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04588
Maiden speeches in the House of Commons since 1918
Economic Indicators, September 2015
Published 01 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7288
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
Commons Opposition Day Debates
Published 01 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06315
Lists of opposition day debates in the House of Commons since the 1997 General Election with links to Hansard.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published 01 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Dementia: Statistics on prevalence and improving diagnosis, care and research
Published 01 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07007
This note outlines Government, NHS and other statutory bodies’ work to improve dementia diagnosis, care and support and research. It also includes statistics, tables and maps on age-adjusted dementia prevalence across the UK, including for each English Parliamentary constituency.

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