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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the House of Commons. 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

08.11.2016Addresses to Members of both Houses of Parliament
Addresses to both Houses of Parliament.
07.11.2016UK by-elections more than 3 months after vacancy
This list notes UK by-elections that have taken place more than three months after the vacancy.
02.11.2016Centenary publication about Parliament and the First World War
This publication, Duty and Democracy: Parliament and the First World War, has been produced especially for the centenary of the First World War. It examines the role of Parliament, its Members and staff during the conflict. It outlines the key legislation passed during the period that affected the strategy of the First World War and wider social changes taking place during the period. It includes detailed profiles of selected Parliamentarians and House staff who either served or influenced matters during the war.
24.10.2016Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1946
This note lists known appointments to the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and the Manor of Northstead since 1946
20.10.2016Chairs of House of Commons Select Committee since 2010
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees since the 2010 General Election
11.08.2016Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.
05.08.2016Commons Opposition Day debates since 1997
Opposition day debates in the House of Commons since the 1997 General Election - with links to Hansard.
22.07.2016Women in Parliament and Government
191 women MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election, 29% of all MPs and a record high. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs. 452 women have been elected to the Commons since 1918, 5 fewer than the current number of male MPs.
15.07.2016House of Commons sittings in Westminster Hall
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the introduction and development of the House's parallel chamber in Westminster Hall, the main features of Westminster Hall procedures and the changes in procedure and practice which have had effect from the start of the 2015 Parliament.
14.07.2016Women in the House of Commons: Background Paper
This briefing paper provides information on the number female MPs currently sitting in the House of Commons. It also gives a history of the campaigns to give women the vote and to allow them to stand as candidates for election.

Lords Library Notes

04.07.2016Leaving the EU: Parliament's Role in the Process
Following the result of the referendum held on 23 June 2016, this House of Lords Library briefing examines what Parliament's role would be in the process of withdrawing from the European Union in several key areas: invoking Article 50; overseeing the negotiation process; ratifying agreements; repealing and reviewing domestic legislation. This is an updated version of the briefing issued on 30 June 2016.
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 3: Home, Legal, Constitutional and Devolved Affairs
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
04.03.2016The Sovereign's Ceremonial and Formal Role in Parliament Today
On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning sovereign in British history. This House of Lords Library briefing focuses on the Sovereign as part of the constitution of Parliament. It captures key aspects of the role of the Sovereign as it relates, in practice, to Parliament today, with an emphasis on the House of Lords. It does this through addressing a selection of the ceremonial and formal roles of the Sovereign: the State Opening of Parliament and its prorogation and dissolution; the calling of a new Parliament, in light of the Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011; Royal Commissions and royal assent; and Queen's consent. The briefing also addresses a number of aspects of the Sovereign's communications and relationship with Parliament more broadly, through Addresses and messages and the Palace of Westminster itself. It provides facts and figures relating to Queen Elizabeth II including: the number of Acts that have received Royal Assent during her reign, Addresses given by the Queen to both Houses in Westminster Hall, and the wording of Queen Elizabeth II's first message to Parliament on her accession to the throne in 1952.
13.10.2015Digital Democracy: Political Participation and Citizen Engagement through the Internet
This Library Note provides an overview of developments around citizens' political engagement and participation through the internet. It has been written in light of the 2015 'Open Up' report by the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy, which set five key targets for the House of Commons and made a number of recommendations to the administration and MPs in how to meet them. Reference to the report and its recommendations are referred to within.
09.11.2010Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (HL Bill 26 of 2010-11). LLN 2010/028
Parliamentary Voting System and Constitutencies Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/028

Select Committee Reports

08.02.20122010 elections for positions in the House.
Government response. Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
26.10.2011Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
19.10.20112010 elections for positions in the House.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
27.07.2010House of Commons Commission and Administration Estimate Audit Committee report for 2009-10.
House of Commons Commission report [Commons]
21.07.2010The work of committees in session 2008-09.
Government response. House of Commons Liaison Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House congratulates the House of Commons chefs' football team on successfully retaining The State Opening Challenge Cup after a hard fought 2-2 draw against hon. Members on15 ...
That this House notes that it is important to keep up with modern communication techniques; further notes that hon. Members are now allowed to tweet from the Chamber; believes that ...
That this House calls on the Football Association (FA) to abandon their outdated rules, which deny membership of the House of Commons football team to all hon. and Rt hon. lady Members; ...
That this House is concerned at the intentions of the House of Commons Commission to remove the delivery of hon. Members' post from attendants to the Royal Mail; praises the hard work ...
That this House notes that the success of any non-Government or Opposition amendment to proposed legislation, if pressed to a vote, is regarded as a likely occasion for lamentation, ...


  • 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