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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Public procurement
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06029
One third of public sector spending is on procurement of goods and services. This briefing looks at the rules for public procurement, at government priorities and at how well public contracts are being managed and delivered.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Key Employment Rights
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7245
This briefing paper provides an overview of a range of statutory employment rights.

Topic: Employment

NHS staff: Social Indicators page
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02642
NHS staff: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2642.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Debate pack: Coastal flood risk
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0034
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on Coastal flood risk to be held on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at 9.30am in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Melanie Onn. Debate packs are produced quickly after the announcement of Parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for MPs on request to the Library.
Productivity in the UK
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, and analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent. International comparisons are also included.
Reports into Investigatory Powers
Published 03 July 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0018
This Note provides a summary of the recommendations of recent reports, including the report of David Anderson QC, and supporting material on the use of investigatory powers.
Background to the July 2015 Budget
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7244
This note sets out the background to the July 2015 Budget, the first Budget of the current Parliament.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 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.
Emergency Debates since 1979
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04569
This Note lists successful applications for emergency debates and provides a link to the debate in Hansard
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, net trade and output by sector.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Migration Statistics
Published 02 July 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.
Current Members Related to Other Current or Former Members
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04809
MPs who have family members that are also current or former Members of the House of Commons.
Payment Services Regulator
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06866
The financial crash of 2008 was a wake up call to the inadequacies of financial regulation worldwide. The basic payment service mechanisms on which everything relies did not escape the notice of the authorities. The upshot is a new regulator of the 'plumbing' of the financial system. This note describes its establishment and scope.
Rail electrification
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05907
This briefing paper explains the rail electrification schemes planned by the Labour, Coalition and Conservative governments and where things currently stand with each one.

Topic: Railways

Litter
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06984
This note considers the financial cost of litter in England and Wales, and the penalties available under current legislation to the enforcing authorities. It also considers forthcoming legislation, and what the public and local groups can do to combat litter.
Airports Commission: Final Report
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7242
This is a one page guide to the final report of the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies.

Topic: Aviation

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