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 100

UK trade with Ireland
Published Friday, December 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8173
Ireland is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-Ireland trade.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Future of UK Trade and Customs Policy
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0089
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 December 2017 to take note of the future of United Kingdom trade and customs policy in the light of Her Majesty’s Government white papers 'Preparing for our Future UK Trade Policy' (Cm 9470) and 'Customs Bill: Legislating for the UK’s Future Customs' (Cm 9502).
Autumn Budget 2017: A summary
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8153
A summary of Autumn Budget 2017 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances.
Autumn Budget 2017: Background briefing
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8144
The briefing sets out the background to Autumn Budget 2017 which will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
Resolutions on the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8139
This note has been prepared for the Ways and Means resolutions relating to the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill
Statistics on UK trade with China
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7379
China is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-China trade.
Trade in ivory: UK and international policy and regulation
Published Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7875
There has been rising international concern over the declining population of African savanna elephants as a result of ivory poaching, and the subsequent international trade in ivory. In 2016, the UK Government announced plans to ban the sale of ‘worked’ ivory produced since 1947. However, following concern about the proposals, in October 2017 the Government announced that it proposed to introduce a ban on the sale of all ivory. This Commons Library brief details UK and international policy and regulation of the ivory trade.
Geographical pattern of UK trade
Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7593
This note looks at the UK's trade with its main trading partners.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
UK relations with Taiwan
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0190
A debate on ‘UK relations with Taiwan’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 24 October in Westminster Hall at 9.30am. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7694
This paper looks at possible options for the UK's trading relationships with the EU after Brexit. The paper has been updated to include a new chapter on trade with non-EU countries.
Globalisation, Technology and Demographic Change and the Future of Work
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of globalisation, technology and demography and some of the ways in which they affect work and employment in the UK. It then summarises some relevant public policy proposals and suggests material for further reading.
CETA: the EU-Canada free trade agreement
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7492
This note provides details about CETA, the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Partnership. This is a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada.
Foreign Direct Investment into the UK
Published Friday, September 8, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0159
A debate will be held on Foreign Direct Investment into the UK in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 12 September at 9:30am. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Michael Tomlinson MP.
Brexit: the August negotiations
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8082
What happened in the third round of Brexit negotiations from 28 to 31 August? Was any progress made in the contentious areas of citizens' rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU after Brexit? And has the UK agreed to pay the 'divorce bill' demanded by the EU? And could the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remain open and flexible after Brexit? The talks did not resolve these issues, but some aspects were agreed. Will this be enough to allow a move to phase two of the negotiations in October?
The legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02729
This briefing provides an overview of the development of the legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports since 1997. It also describes the main changes to this regulatory framework under the 2015-17 Conservative Government. During the last parliament there was also controversy over the use of UK-manufactured arms by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. As the current parliament gets down to work, there are potential uncertainties about the implications of Brexit for this area of policy.
Brexit: the July negotiations
Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8068
What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations from 17 to 20 July 2017 and what have we learnt? This first phase of the negotiations aims to reach agreement on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland the Northern Ireland, as well as other separation issues, such as Euratom, EU external agreements and dispute resolution. But there was little evidence of agreement on any of these, and the UK Government has been asked for more clarification at the next round. A lot is at stake, because if sufficient progress isn't made by October, the negotiations will not move on to future relations, an EU-UK trade agreement or transitional arrangements.
Importance of trade with the EU for UK industries
Published Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8065
This briefing paper looks at the importance of trade with the EU for the sectors and industries of the UK economy. Industries that are highly integrated into the European Single Market face higher risks from Brexit, if Brexit makes trade with the EU more difficult.

Displaying 1-20 out of 100

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