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Content published before December 2016

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

28.10.2016UK steel industry: statistics and policy
The steel industry: statistical summary of the UK and international industry; analysis of current prospects; summary of Government policy; timeline of events.
14.10.2016The Royal Navy's new frigates and the National Shipbuilding Strategy
A new National Shipbuilding Strategy will be published in November 2016. This briefing paper explores what it might mean for the Royal Navy's new frigate programme.
14.10.2016Industrial strategy
Theresa May's Government has adopted a new approach to support for industry. This briefing paper brings together what information has been published describing the new strategy.
30.09.2016Business rates: the 2017 revaluation
This Commons Library briefing note explains the processes governing the 2017 business rates revaluation.
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
18.08.2016International comparisons of manufacturing
Manufacturing: comparisons of manufacturing in the UK and other major economies since 1970 using UN data.
15.08.2016Industries in the UK
This note presents data on the value and relative contribution of major industries to the UK economy
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Industry
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK industries.
29.06.2016Tourism: statistics and policy
Visitors to and from the UK, domestic tourism, tourism policy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
18.03.2016Budget 2016: a summary
A summary of Budget 2016 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances.

Lords Library Notes

18.03.20162016 Budget: Overview and Reactions
This Lords Library briefing provides a summary of 2016 Budget announcements and the immediate reaction.
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.
17.07.2015Energy Bill [HL] (HL Bill 56 of 2015-16)
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading of the Energy Bill [HL] in the House of Lords, on 22 July 2015.
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.
12.07.2013Debate on 18 July: Role of Government in Generating Economic Prosperity and Employment
This Note outlines recent data on the performance of the UK economy, announcements by the Government for capital spending, spending on research and development and action to help businesses gain access to funding. It also looks at proposals for the Government to take more of a role in managing growth, in particular whether the UK needs a more coherent and long-term industrial strategy.
28.10.2011Debate on 3 November: The Creative Industries
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on the importance of the creative industries in the United Kingdom.


12.08.2016Automation and the Workforce
Automation technologies can reduce costs and raise productivity. However, there is considerable uncertainty over their potential effects on the UK workforce. This note provides an overview of how these technologies are being used; and potential implications for employment, skills, education and inequality in the coming decades.
09.03.2016Digital Forensics and Crime
Digital forensic science is the process of obtaining, analysing and using digital evidence in investigations or criminal proceedings. Digital evidence ranges from images of child sexual exploitation to the location of a mobile phone. This note looks at the use of digital forensics by UK law enforcement agencies. It covers how evidence is obtained, the legislation and regulation in this area, and the efforts being made to address the challenges faced by practitioners.
15.12.2015UK Commercial Space Activities
The UK space industry had a turnover of 11.8bn in 2012/13.1 By 2030, the UK Government and industry want this to grow to 40bn. In December 2015 the Government published the UK's first National Space Policy, which sets out its vision for achieving growth. This POSTnote describes the UK space industry and potential barriers to growth.
19.10.2015Trends in ICT
This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.
25.09.2015Deep Sea Mining
In March 2013, the Prime Minister said that deep-sea mining could be worth 40bn to the UK over the next 30 years. This briefing summarises the framework governing activity in international waters. It also describes the mineral deposit types being considered and the proposed extraction methods, potential environmental effects and mitigation options.
02.10.2014Civilian Drones
This briefing provides an overview of current and future applications of unmanned aircraft, and opportunities and barriers for civilian use

Select Committee Reports

19.10.2011Retail distribution review.
Government response. Treasury Select Committee; Treasury; Financial Services Authority report [Commons]
06.07.2011Retail distribution review.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
12.05.2011Government assistance to industry.
Government response. Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
10.02.2011Government assistance to industry.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
18.03.2010Industry and Innovation in the North East of England.
Government response. North East Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes the recent changes to the UK's mobile number portability system which Ofcom has introduced; is concerned that the UK remains the only country in Europe where consumers ...
That this House notes with concern that British tradesmen are being priced out of the market by EU nationals; further notes that despite not being offered the original contracts, British ...
That this House calls on the Government to hold a national jobs summit involving business, trade unions and other key stakeholders to agree a jobs and growth strategy for the UK; supports ...
That this House notes that Corus will repay the bonus their employees are owed for the last two quarters in their November pay packet; welcomes this as a comfort for steelworkers who ...
That this House supports the Kondh tribal people of Niyamgiri, India in opposing the British-listed company Vedanta Resources plc project to construct a bauxite mine in the area; recognises ...


  • 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