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

19.11.2015NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
848,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET - Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) - in the third quarter of 2015 (July-September 2015), down 74,000 from the previous quarter and down 106,000 from July-September 2014. In July-September 2015, 11.7% of all young people aged 16-24 were NEET.
19.11.2015Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
18.11.2015Women and the economy
This note looks at women's participation in the UK labour market and in business.
17.11.2015Government borrowing and debt: international comparisons
This note provides international comparisons of government borrowing and debt from 2008 to 2020.
17.11.2015Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
17.11.2015Regional and National Economic Indicators
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
16.11.2015Business statistics
Businesses since 2000, small businesses, business by region, businesses by industry, business births and deaths and information on female representation in business. It also features some discussion of the sources of business statistics and their coverage.
13.11.2015Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
13.11.2015Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
13.11.2015Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.

Lords Library Notes

21.08.2015Productivity in the United Kingdom and the British Economy Beyond Austerity
This Library Note provides background information on the approach set out in the Conservative Party manifesto to economic and fiscal policy and summarises recent forecasts for the economy. In addition, it provides background information on the UK's productivity performance and summarises the main elements of, and both political and other reaction to, the Government's productivity plan. It has been written to support the debates in the House of Lords on the subjects of the Government's productivity plan and the 'British economy beyond austerity' scheduled to take place on 8 and 10 September 2015, respectively.
16.07.2015Debate on the Budget Statement
This Library Note provides background information on the Budget Statement which was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 8 July 2015. The Note provides a brief overview of some of the key Budget measures, before outlining the immediate reaction to the statement as expressed by members of the House of Commons and by a selection of organisations and commentators. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 21 July 2015.
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.


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

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

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


  • 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