Economic policy

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on economic policy. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
22.05.2015Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
22.05.2015Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
21.05.2015In brief: UK-EU economic relations
This note sets out, in brief, some of the main indicators of the UK's economic relationship with the EU, including trade, investment, employment and the UK's contribution to the EU Budget.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
19.05.2015Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
14.05.2015Government borrowing and debt: international comparisons
Compared to other advanced economies the UK is forecast to have greater than average government borrowing, structural borrowing and net debt as a % of GDP in 2015. Its gross debt is forecast to be below the average for advanced economies as a % of GDP. This note provides international comparisons of government borrowing and debt from 2008 to 2020.
13.05.2015The budget deficit: a short guide
This note aims to answer some FAQs related to the budget deficit.
13.05.2015Interest Rates and the Money Supply: Key Economic Indicators
Interest Rates and Money Supply: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England's quantitative easing policy; and the latest money supply data for the UK.
12.05.2015Economic Indicators, May 2015
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
30.03.2015Local Enterprise Partnerships
This note examines the history and current responsibilities of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
27.02.2015Women's Economic Empowerment
This Library Note provides background reading for Members in advance of the debate to be held on 5 March 2015 on 'Women's Economic Empowerment both Nationally and Internationally'.
08.12.2014Enabling Economic Leadership for Cities
On 11 December 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the case for enabling economic leadership for cities'.
12.07.2013Debate on 18 July: Role of Government in Generating Economic Prosperity and Employment
This Note outlines recent data on the performance of the UK economy, announcements by the Government for capital spending, spending on research and development and action to help businesses gain access to funding. It also looks at proposals for the Government to take more of a role in managing growth, in particular whether the UK needs a more coherent and long-term industrial strategy.
21.03.2013Budget 2013: Reaction
This Library Note summarises reaction to the 2013 Budget Statement from a range of commentators and organisations.
06.12.2012Autumn Statement 2012: Reaction
This Library Note provides a brief summary of the key measures announced yesterday in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, before outlining the immediate reaction to the Statement as expressed by the Shadow Chancellor in the House of Commons and by a range of organisations and commentators.
19.10.2012Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill (HL Bill 43 of 2012-13)
The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill would authorise the Government to provide financial assistance of up to 50 billion to support infrastructure projects. This Library Note summarises proceedings in the House of Commons on the Bill.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.
08.08.2014Alternative Currencies
This POSTnote outlines the different types and aims of these currencies. It also sets out how alternative currencies are being used and highlights regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.
17.09.2012Measuring National Wellbeing
This POSTnote summarises the latest research on measuring national wellbeing, its components and causes, and examines some policy implications.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
28.06.2011Rebalancing the economy: trade and investment.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
20.06.2011Budget 2011.
Government response. Treasury Select Committee; Treasury; Office for Budget Responsibility report [Commons]
14.06.2011Finance Bill 2011.
Economic Affairs Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
27.04.2011Finance (No.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
16.09.2010Appointment of Robert Chote as Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
12.07.2011BANK OF ENGLAND AND MONEY SUPPLY
That this House notes that commercial banks have arrogated to themselves the right to create almost the entire UK money supply out of nothing in the form of a debt to them whenever ...
20.06.2011ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF E F SCHUMACHER
That this House notes the centenary of E F Schumacher's birth on 16 August 2011; recognises his outstanding contribution to economics; calls on the Government to implement his vision ...
20.01.2010PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND THE DEFICIT
That this House notes that in his interview in the Financial Times of 19 January 2010 the Chancellor of the Exchequer has admitted to a planned policy of 17 per cent. cuts in expenditure ...
19.11.2009PROFESSOR ELINOR OSTROM AND THE 2009 NOBEL PRIZE FOR ECONOMICS
That this House warmly welcomes the award of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics in October to the co-operative theorist and researcher, Professor Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University; ...
27.04.2009TAX REVENUE AND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE
That this House notes the real danger the country faces in borrowing relatively more than any other G8 country to balance the national accounts; is concerned that neither the Government ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) 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.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - 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
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - 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.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses