Research briefings

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

Find a briefing paper
  1. Close

    Glossary

    • 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.
  2. Close

    Topics

    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.

Displaying 101-120 out of 7895

Fleet Solid Support Ships
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8351
The Government’s procurement plans for up to three new support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are facing opposition from Labour, the SNP and trade unions.
CCTV surveillance by your neighbour
Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01803
This Library Paper summarises what the law says on a neighbour’s use of CCTV.

Topic: Privacy

Carillion pension schemes
Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8316
Looks at the debate around the Carillion pension schemes
Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0076
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 11 July 2018.
Economic Indicators, July 2018
Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8364
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
Persistent Chemical Pollutants
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0579
A legacy of persistent pollutants is widely distributed in the environment, increasing the potential for exposure of wildlife and humans. This POSTnote sets out the challenge this posed for regulators, current regulatory approaches and some of the emerging issues.
Gambling advertising: regulation in Great Britain
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7428
This Library briefing paper looks at gambling advertising in Great Britain.

Topic: Gambling

UK by-elections since 1945
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02383
The number of UK by-elections by session and by Parliament since 1945
Contracting out of probation services
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06894
This briefing paper charts the implementation of controversial reforms to the probation service. Most offenders are now supervised by Community Rehabilitation Companies, which are primarily led by private companies. A new public sector National Probation Service manages high risk offenders. So what's the verdict so far?
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02537
This list notes when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
Future of the Transforming Care programme
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0172
On 5 July 2018, there will be a debate on the Future of the Transforming Care programme in the Commons chamber, sponsored by Norman Lamb MP.
Homelessness in England: Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02646
This note summarises quarterly homelessness statistics for England.

Topic: Homelessness

Learning Disability - policies and issues
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07058
House of Commons Library briefing on policies and services for people with a learning disability in England.
Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8363
A briefing on the Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
How to apply for a military medal
Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7190
Constituents may contact their Member of Parliament seeking advice on military medals. This briefing provides information on eligibility for military medals and how to apply.
Overview of the Pension Protection Fund
Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03917
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) which was one of the measures set up by the Pensions Act 2004. It was in response to a series of high-profile cases in which pension schemes had wound up with insufficient assets to meet their pension commitments. The PPF started operations on 6 April 2005 and applies to schemes that started winding up after that date.

Topic: Pensions

Claim of Right for Scotland
Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0171
Opposition Day debate on the Claim of Right for Scotland: 4 July 2018
Tackling demand for commercial sexual exploitation
Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0168
A Westminster Hall debate on Tackling demand for commercial sexual exploitation is scheduled for 4 July 2018 at 2.30-4.00pm. The Member sponsoring the debate is Sarah Champion.

Displaying 101-120 out of 7895

About libraries

House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides research, analysis and information services for MPs and their staff.

House of Lords Library

The House of Lords Library delivers research and information services to Members and staff of the House in support of parliamentary business.

POST

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology produces independent, balanced and accessible briefings on public policy issues related to science and technology.

Stay up to date

  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Commons Briefing papers
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords In Focus
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords Library notes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTnotes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTbriefs