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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on ministers in both Houses. 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.
07.10.2016Limitations on the number of Ministers
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper reports the legal restrictions on the number of ministers receiving a salary and the number of ministers sitting in the House of Commons. It includes statistics on the number of ministers in each Chamber following each general election since 1979 and at the July 2016 change of Government. Lastly, it sets out calls from the Public Administration Select Committee and others for the number of ministers and the payroll vote to be reduced.
26.09.2016Ministers in the 2015 Conservative Governments
Ministerial office holders in the 2015 Conservative Governments
25.08.2016Parliamentary Private Secretaries
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the role of Parliamentary Private Secretaries, including their functions and the limitations placed on them.
11.08.2016Ministers in the House of Lords
This Commons Library briefing paper sets out the number of ministers in the House of Lords over recent years. It considers briefly the accountability arrangements for Cabinet Ministers in the Lords and it looks at the appointment of 'outside' ministerial appointments.
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.
21.07.2016Ministerial Residences
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides information on ministerial residences including their allocation, financial arrangements and hospitality rules as well as historical notes on each residence.
28.01.2016Special Advisers
This House of Commons Briefing Paper sets out details of roles and responsibilities of special advisers and information about the number of special advisers. It also explains how the role has developed and includes details of some recent incidents involving special advisers.
06.01.2016The register of consultant lobbyists
This House of Commons Library research briefing explains how the system for registration of consultant lobbyists works in practice. The first Register of Consultant Lobbyists was published in March 2015.
26.10.2015The Ministerial Code and the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests
This briefing paper looks at the Ministerial Code and the process for investigating breaches of the Code.

Lords Library Notes

02.08.2016Lobbying and Political Campaigning: Charities and Trade Unions
This House of Lords Library briefing sets out the legislation that regulates the statutory register of lobbyists, and outlines the rules governing the ability of charities and trade unions to engage in political activity and to campaign in relation to elections. This briefing has been written in preparation for the debate in the House of Lords on 8 September 2016 on the role that charities, trade unions and civil society groupings play in a democracy and the case for regulating lobbying activities.
23.05.2016Royal Charters and Parliamentary Scrutiny
This Library briefing provides information on royal charters, outlining the Sovereign's prerogative power to grant them, and briefly describing their function. It also provides an overview of two examples of royal charters-the self-regulation of the press and the BBC-and discusses Parliament's role in their scrutiny.
04.03.2016Ministerial Collective Responsibility and Agreement to Differ: Recent Developments
This Lords Library briefing provides information on ministerial collective responsibility in the light of the 2016 EU referendum.
14.05.2012House of Lords: Ministers
This Library Note looks at the role of Ministers in the House of Lords in the context of current proposals for reform of the House.
17.01.2011Debate on 20 January: Constitutional and Parliamentary Effect of Coalition Government
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on 20 January 2011: "To call attention to the constitutional and parliamentary effect of Coalition Government".

Select Committee Reports

12.10.2010Goats and Tsars: Ministerial and other appointments from outside Parliament and Too many Ministers?.
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee; Cabinet Office report [Commons]
17.03.2010Accountability to the House of Commons of Secretaries of State in the House of Lords.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
11.03.2010Too Many Ministers.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
04.03.2010Goats and Tsars: Ministerial and other appointments from outside Parliament.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
12.01.2010Legislative scrutiny: Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill; Video Recordings Bill.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House calls for new clarity in the Ministerial Code on declarations of interest on Ministerial engagements that are classified as Ministerial or private; and notes the recent ...
That this House notes that the investigation into the breach of the Ministerial code by the former Secretary of State for Defence was itself a breach of the code which explicitly names ...
That this House does not believe Ministers who are forced out of their positions by incompetence or breach of the Ministerial Code should be awarded a taxpayer funded pay-off; and calls ...
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 believes that Adam Werritty breached Civil Service guidance on the conduct of Ministerial meetings for 16 months; notes that Ministers had over 1,500 meetings with corporate ...


  • 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