Parliament produces a wide range of research briefings. These materials are produced primarily for MPs, Members of the Houses of Lords and their researchers but are publically available, and are a valuable source of analysis on topical issues.
Finding research briefings
Research briefings from Parliament are available on the Parliament website. You can search these research briefings by using a series of drop-down menus to sort by date, type, or one of 350 topics.
Types of research briefing
The House of Commons Library and House of Lords Library provide topical research briefings on a huge range of topics.
The House of Commons Library also produces Debate Packs, designed to support and inform MPs ahead of forthcoming debates. These packs include library briefings as well as media coverage on the relevant topics, details of recent parliamentary activity on the matter and further sources of reading.
The Second Reading blog allows Library staff to produce brief, timely, web-friendly analysis which would not fit with other forms of briefing. The briefings on this site have the same standards of impartiality and accuracy as other Library briefings.
The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is Parliament’s in-house source of scientific advice. POST creates a range of materials for MPs and members of the House of Lords. POST provides balanced and accessible overviews of research from across the biological, physical and social sciences, and engineering and technology, placing the findings of this research in a policy context for Parliamentary use.