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.

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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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Animal Sentience and Brexit
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8155
The Government is reviewing the recognition of animal sentience and the need for UK legislation after Brexit. It has also announced it will legislate to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences.
Animal Experiment Statistics
Published Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02720
In 2014 3.8 million procedures were completed on regulated living animals representing a decrease of 6% compared to 2013. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the decline of research for toxicological purposes, and the growth in animal procedures for cancer research.
EU bibliographies: Animal Experiments Directive
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN05081
This Note brings together documents relevant to the draft EU Directive replacing Directive Dir86/609/EEC on animal testing. It is not an attempt to define policy in this area. For information on policy developments contact Elena Ares on extn 6348.
Animal Experiments: Stray and Feral Animals
Published Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN06367
This notes covers the transposition on the EU Directive on animal experiments and the concerns raised about stray animals.
Clinical Trials
Published Monday, October 3, 2011 | POSTnotes POST-PN-390
This POSTnote summarises some of the most important reasons behind the decline in clinical trials in the UK, and the actions being taken to improve the situation.
Animal cloning
Published Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN05798
A number of commentators have raised concerns about the implications of animal cloning for food safety, food supply and animal welfare. Others stress that animal cloning has the potential to improve animal welfare and farming productivity. It may even be used in the conservation of endangered species. This note sets out background information on the different arguments and the regulatory controls on the use of this technology in food production.
Cosmetics Testing on Animals: EU Ban
Published Tuesday, February 8, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN05857
This note covers a proposed EU ban on the use in cosmetics of any ingredients tested on animals. Currently ingredients tested on animals outside the EU are allowed but are due to be phased out by 2013.

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