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. The publication of all research briefings is suspended during the pre-election period. Publication will resume on 13 December.

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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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UK trade with Ireland
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 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.
Social background of Members of Parliament 1979-2017
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7483
This briefing paper provides data on the gender, age, ethnicity and educational backgrounds of MPs elected at the 2017 General Election and how this has changed over time.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Televised debates between party leaders
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05241
This note sets out the background to the current debate about televised debates between party leaders during a general election campaign. Three debates were held for the first time in the UK during the 2010 general election. The BBC, ITV News, Sky News and Channel 4 have put forward proposals to change the format of the televised leaders’ debates to be held before the 2015 general election.
Geographical pattern of UK trade
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7593
This note looks at the UK's trade with its main trading partners.
Post office numbers
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02585
This briefing paper looks at how the number of post offices has changed over time, including by type and region / country.
Pre-election period of sensitivity
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05262
Restrictions on the use of public resources are in place during the pre-election period before elections and referendums. The Cabinet Office issues guidance for civil servants on their conduct during this period.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Brexit statements
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8467
This paper provides links to a selection of statements both written and oral that have referenced Brexit in the title or in the statement since the EU referendum. This paper will be updated periodically.
Brexit debates 2019
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8489
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2019. This paper will be updated periodically.
Loot boxes in video games
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8498
This Library Paper gives a brief overview of concerns about loot boxes in video games.

Topic: Gambling

Statistics on UK trade with the Commonwealth
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8282
This note gives some key statistics on UK-Commonwealth trade.
Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Policy Initiatives
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0149
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on antimicrobial resistance and global policy initiatives to tackle this phenomenon.

Topics: Diseases, Medicine

Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill 2019-20
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8718
The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill 2019-20 was introduced in the House of Commons on 4 November 2019. At the time of writing, the Government has yet to confirm whether it will progress further before Parliament dissolves.

Topic: Crime

Level 4 and 5 education
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8732
This briefing paper provides an overview of Level 4 and 5 education (i.e. qualifications between A Levels and an undergraduate degree), including Government proposals for reform.
Hong Kong in 2019
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8661
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the factors behind the unrest in Hong Kong in 2019 and the UK/China Joint Declaration.

Topic: Asia

Brexit and state pensions
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7894
This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit

Topic: Pensions

Dissolution of Parliament
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05085
Under provisions in the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, Parliament is dissolved automatically 25 working days before a general election. The date of the next general election is 12 December 2019, accordingly this Parliament will dissolve on 6 November 2019.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.

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