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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on loans. 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. Related information can be found on the financial services page.

Commons Briefing Papers

17.10.2016Student loan statistics
Student loans are the main method of direct government support for higher education students. More than 10 billion is loaned to students each year, this is expected to grow rapidly and reach around 330 billion (2014-15 prices) by the middle of this century. The expansion of loans has raised questions about graduate repayments and ultimately the cost of the system to the taxpayer
25.08.2016Common Financial Services Questions
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
05.05.2016Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme
This Commons Library briefing paper explains the assistance available for certain households with their mortgage interest payments. Help with mortgage costs is available to claimants of certain means-tested benefits for people not in full-time work. The schemes are collectively known as Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). Payments are made towards mortgage interest payments and are generally made direct to lenders.
06.07.2010Bills of Sale
This note provides information on the use of bills of sale for consumer lending. In the process, it considers why such consumer loans are regarded as having the potential to cause detriment to vulnerable consumers. This note also looks at how bills of sale are regulated under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and other measures, including the new Consumer Credit Directive (2008/48/EC). This Directive, adopted in April 2008, is designed to harmonise the regulation of consumer credit across the EU and to increase consumer protection. In the UK, the Directive will be implemented by new regulations which will come into force on 1 February 2011.
18.12.2007Sale of Student Loans Bill Committee Stage Report, Bill 13 of 2007-08
Sale of Student Loans Bill Committee Stage Report. (Bill 13 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/92.
15.11.2007Sale of Student Loans Bill, Bill 6 of 2007/08.
Sale of Student Loans Bill. (Bill 6 of 2007/08). House of commons Library Research Paper 07/78.
27.02.2007Loans to Political Parties
This note examines the recent developments concerning loans to the main political parties and the provision in the Electoral Administration Act 2006 that in future all such loans should be treated in the same way as donations.

Lords Library Notes

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.


05.03.2014Social Media and Big Data
This POSTnote examines the application of 'big data' approaches to social media in three key areas: elections and polling, commercial applications and security. It also covers the regulation of social media data and public concerns around privacy.

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that is currently advertising a typical interest rate of 4214 per cent. and that this is not the only institution offering a similar service; further ...
That this House deplores as extremely damaging the poor practices engaged in by a number of debt management companies that charge fees of their customers, a practice uncovered by the ...
That this House recognises the high levels of personal debt accrued within British society, the restricted access to affordable credit for those on low incomes or with poor credit ratings ...
That this House expresses concern at the amount of literature sent by post by consumer credit companies advertising loans and credit cards; notes that often such literature suggests ...
06.09.2010LOAN SHARKS
That this House believes that the Government should end legal loan sharking by capping the cost of credit for the whole sector, not just for credit and store cards, and provide alternative ...


  • 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