Leisure

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on leisure. 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
10.03.2016British Summer Time
For a number of years there have been calls to change clock times in the UK, so that more daylight would be experienced in the evenings rather than mornings throughout the year. The issue continues to be regularly raised in Parliament. This Briefing Paper provides an overview of the pros and cons of British Summer Time and proposals for further changes to clock times. It also summarises recent legislative attempts to change clock times in the UK.
26.11.2015VAT and Sports Clubs
This note examines the VAT treatment of sports clubs - in the context of the change made in UK VAT law in 1994 to exempt from VAT certain sport supplies, and subsequent debate as to how these rules have affected golf clubs.
11.03.2013Classification of video games
Prior to July 2012, video (or 'computer') games were classified under two systems: (voluntarily) under the Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) scheme and (in certain cases, compulsorily) by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). In response to recommendations in the Byron Review on child safety, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport consulted on options for strengthening classifications.
26.07.2012Olympic Britain
Olympic Britain tells the story of the profound economic and social change in the UK since the two previous London Olympics, in 1908 and 1948, using statistics and expert analysis. The book can also be browsed using the Parliament website at www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/olympic-britain/
13.07.2012Holiday Caravan Parks
This note covers disputes between those owning holiday caravans and the site owners
21.03.2012Allotments
This note covers issues arising from allotment gardens, including what happens when developers want to build on the site
11.01.2012Daylight Saving Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Daylight Saving Bill.
09.03.2009Sex Discrimination and Social Clubs
Sex Discrimination and Social Clubs. By Vincent Keter. SN/BT/1081.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
23.01.2012PAN EUROPEAN GAME INFORMATION ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
That this House notes with serious concern the present Pan European Game Information (PEGI) assessment criteria for video games rated acceptable for sale to 12-year-olds as established ...
17.01.2012INTERNET AND VIDEOGAME ADDICTION
That this House is deeply concerned by recent research which suggests that frequently using the internet or videogames can have a physical effect on the brain, similar to that of drugs ...
14.11.2011CALL OF DUTY 3
That this House is deeply concerned about the recently released video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in which players engage in gratuitous acts of violence against members ...
21.06.2011FREE RANGE KIDS CAMPAIGN
That this House welcomes the launch of the Sustrans Free Range Kids campaign; calls on the Government to reverse the decline in the proportion of children walking and cycling to school; ...
13.05.2011VIDEO GAMES AND YOUNG PEOPLE
That this House welcomes the call by Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario, for people to drop their joypads and venture out into the sunlight once in a while; recognises that video ...

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