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Content published before December 2016

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

10.11.2016Members' pay and expenses and ministerial salaries 2016/17
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the current rates of Members' pay and ministerial salaries. It provides background to recent changes. It also charts the changes in the rules relating to and budget limits for Members' expenses since 2010.
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
06.10.2016Father of the House: House of Commons Background Paper
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses the title, role and history of the Father of the House - the senior Member of the House, who has the longest unbroken service in the Commons.
03.10.2016Youngest Members of Parliament since 1979
This Parliamentary Information List provides a list and further information on the youngest Members of Parliament.
03.10.2016Total Number of MPs, Peers and Staff
This Parliamentary Information List provides data on the historic numbers of MPs, Peers and Staff
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.
01.08.2016Parliamentary Private Secretaries to Prime Ministers since 1906
This Note lists Parliamentary Private Secretaries to successive Prime Ministers from 1906.
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.
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

04.03.2016The 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.
07.10.2013Maiden Speeches
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in the Chamber.
21.07.2011House of Lords Reform: Chronology 1900-2010
This Library Note provides a chronology of key developments in the reform of the House of Lords since 1900.
20.08.2010Maiden Speeches LLN 2010/019
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in the Chamber. It also includes an index of Members' maiden speeches in the Lords since 2006.
28.06.2010House of Lords reform 1997-2010: a chronology. LLN 2010/015
House of Lords reform 1997-2010: a chronology This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform under the Labour Government of 1997-2010
25.06.2010Possible implications of House of Lords reform LLN 2010/014
Possible Implications of House of Lords Reform: The purpose of this House of Lords Library Note is to consider the possible consequences of House of Lords reform. An implicit assumption in the Note is that future proposals to reform the Lords will be based on a fully or mainly elected Second Chamber. The major focus of the Note concerns the impact of such reform upon the House itself, its relationship with the House of Commons and Government, but also with the electorate and society more generally.

Select Committee Reports

14.09.2011Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
12.07.2011Leaks relating to the case of Mr David Laws.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]
12.07.2011John Healey.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]
14.06.2011Former Members sentences to imprisonment.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]
10.05.2011David Laws.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

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 believes Ministers who cannot control their Departments should not run Government Departments; further believes that Ministers have ultimate responsibility for their ...
That this House notes with concern the forcible removal of East of England MEP, Richard Howitt, from the official media area of Dale Farm by officials of Basildon Council during the ...
That this House recognises the importance of events such as Parliament Week; acknowledges movesamong some hon. Members to engage which members of the public via social networking sites; ...
That this House notes the Procedure Committee's recommendations to limit hon. Membersto e-table only five written Parliamentary Questions a day; and believes that this is an affront ...


  • 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