Economic situation

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the economic situation. 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
22.05.2015Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
22.05.2015Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
22.05.2015Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
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.
22.05.2015Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Latest data on net borrowing and net debt. Includes provisional outturns for 2014/15.
22.05.2015Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
21.05.2015Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
21.05.2015NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
943,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the first quarter of 2015, 13.0% of people in this age group. Schemes introduced by the previous Government with elements aimed at reducing the number of young people who are NEET included: raising the participation age, the Youth Contract and the Work Programme.
20.05.2015Regional and National Economic Indicators
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
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.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
15.08.2014The Impact of Personal Indebtedness in United Kingdom Households, Especially on Children
This Library Note was prepared for a debate in the House of Lords on the impact of personal indebtedness in UK households, especially on children, which was scheduled to take place on 17 July 2014, but was postponed to a future date.
26.06.2014Consumer Rights Bill (HL Bill 29 of 2014-15)
The Consumer Rights Bill makes provision for the reform of consumer law in the UK and connected areas of law. This Note summarises the Bill's report stage and third reading in the House of Commons.
20.03.2014Budget 2014: Reaction
This Library Note provides a brief summary of the key measures announced on 19 March 2014 in the Chancellor's Budget Statement.
24.12.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill (HL Bill 72 of 2012-13)
The purpose of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill is to promote investment in infrastructure projects, reduce delays in the planning system and introduce a new employment status of employee shareholder. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 8 January 2013.
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.
29.06.2012Debate on 5 July: The International Competitiveness of UK Industry, Exporting to Global Markets and Attracting Inward Investment
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on 5 July on the international competitiveness of UK industry, exports and attracting inward investment.

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.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
01.12.2010Meeting with the Governor of the Bank of England.
Economic Affairs Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
29.03.2010The effect of the economic downturn on the people in the West Midlands.
West Midlands Select Committee; Communities and Local Government report [Commons]
11.01.2010The effect of the economic downturn on the people in the West Midlands.
West Midlands Select Committee report [Commons]
24.11.2009Banking crisis: regulation and supervision.
Government response. Treasury; Financial Services Authority; Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
23.11.2009The impact of the current economic and financial situation on businesses in the West Midlands region....
Communities and Local Government; West Midlands Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
08.11.2011REBALANCING THE NORTH ECONOMY
That this House congratulates the Sunday Sun on its campaign which calls on the Prime Minister to visit Easington constituency in County Durham, one of the most deprived areas hardest ...
18.10.2011BANKS AND QUANTITATIVE EASING
That this House notes with considerable anger the report in the Financial Times of 18 October 2011 that a commercial bank has sought to manipulate the market in the light of the latest ...
17.10.2011OCCUPY LSX
That this House expresses its support for and solidarity with Occupy LSX, the group of people occupying the steps of St Paul'sCathedral and the occupations in Edinburgh and elsewhere ...
14.07.2011SPACE SCIENCE CONTRIBUTION TO THE BRITISH ECONOMY
That this House notes that space science and exploration, an area of world leadership in the UK's science base, has delivered significant long-term economic benefits, in addition to ...
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 ...

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