Industry and community

Since the 18th century, Parliament has increasingly recognised the importance of industry to Britain's prosperity. Wherever possible it has passed legislation to encourage growth, not simply for economic purposes, but also to ensure the welfare of the local communities which have provided the supporting workforces.


Parliament has encouraged industry in the regions in a wide variety of ways since the 18th century. Find out how this role has evolved

Key dates

Key dates

Trace the key legislation through which Parliament has assisted British industry since the early 18th century

Contemporary context

Contemporary context

Recent parliamentary business on the Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill

From the Parliamentary Collections

Explore the Parliamentary collections for documents and images about industry and community

Further your research

Further your research

Sources of information for more in-depth research on Parliament and industry

Case study: S.O Davies

Parliamentary Archives worked with Glamorgan Archives and a local sixth form college to explore the life and impact of SO Davies, MP for Merthyr. Find out more here

Also within Living Heritage

Related information

Business, industry and consumers

Current parliamentary information on the topic of industry