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 1-20 out of 7886

Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0084
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill on 24 July 2018.
The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0183
A general debate on ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 18 July 2018 in the Main Chamber.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, June 2018
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8366
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Higher education funding in England
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7973
Higher education underwent fundamental changes to how it was financed in England 2012 and there have been ongoing, albeit smaller, changes since then. How has this affected the balance between the broad sources of funding -the taxpayer and graduate and how has the total funding from al sources for universities changed?
Housing First: tackling homelessness for those with complex needs
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8368
Housing First (HF) is an alternative homelessness intervention strategy, aimed at people with complex needs, particularly rough sleepers. This House of Commons Library paper describes the principles behind Housing First and outlines some of the evidence behind it. The paper also sets out how Housing First has developed in the UK, and what support that it has been offered by the governments of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Topic: Homelessness

Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0083
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL] on 20 July 2018.

Topics: Courts, Human rights

Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Voting age
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01747
Under current legislation, a person must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament. This Note gives details of calls for a change in the law to reduce the voting age to 16 in recent years.
European Union (Information, etc.) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0082
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Information, etc.) Bill, scheduled to take place on 20 July 2018.
Homelessness among refugees
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0181
On 17 July 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Homelessness among refugees, sponsored by Kate Green MP. It is a two hour debate starting at 2:30pm.

Topics: Asylum, Homelessness

Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This Commons Library briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government set out some proposals for reform on 21 December 2017. The Law Commission is now working towards the development of additional proposals for publication before the summer recess 2018.
Brexit: Customs and Regulatory Arrangements
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8309
This paper considers the proposals the UK Government has made to satisfy the simultaneous objectives to leave the EU Customs Union, but have a cooperative ‘customs arrangement’ following Brexit; and to leave the Single Market, but maintain trade that is ‘as frictionless as possible’ following Brexit. These proposals have to navigate the EU’s ‘red lines’, primarily the ones that preclude sectoral agreements (or ‘cherry-picking’), and that guarantee an invisible land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Progress on protecting victims of domestic abuse in the family courts
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0180
A Westminster Hall debate on Progress on protecting victims of domestic abuse in the family courts is scheduled for Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Jess Phillips MP.
UK Defence Expenditure
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8175
This paper summarises UK defence expenditure (historic, current, and planned), international comparisons of defence expenditure of NATO Allies, and the financial cost of UK military operations.
Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0081
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL] on 20 July 2018.
Government policy on visas for non-EEA workers on inshore fishing vessels
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0184
A Westminster Hall debate entitled "Government policy on visas for non-EEA workers on inshore fishing vessels" is scheduled for Tuesday 17 July at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Douglas Ross MP.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
Russia and the Council of Europe
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0179
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Russia and the Council of Europe’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 18 July 2018 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by John Howell MP.

Displaying 1-20 out of 7886

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