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Content published before December 2016

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

08.11.2016Police numbers in England & Wales: Social Indicators page
Police numbers in England & Wales: Social Indicators page
14.10.2016Damage to property by police forcing entry
This note looks at whether it is possible to get compensation for damage to a front door when the police have forced entry.
12.10.2016Police service strength
This briefing paper explore police service strength data from the Home Office, Scottish Government, and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Each country receives individual analysis utilising the available data from each police force area and international comparisons where available.
11.10.2016Harassment: "Police Information Notices" or "Early Harassment Notices" in England and Wales
The police sometimes issue warning notices to individuals where there are allegations of harassment. This note explains what these are and why they are used.
12.09.2016Taser use in England and Wales
This Commons Library briefing paper details the introduction of the Taser to policing in England and Wales, sets out the training and operational guidance provided to officers issued with the weapon and summarises the controversy around its use.
19.08.2016Police complaints systems in the UK
This Briefing Paper gives basic factual information about the police complaints system in England and Wales to assist with constituents' questions. It also gives brief information on the systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly for comparative purposes.
11.08.2016The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and background
This briefing concerns the establishment of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a statutory Inquiry which formally opened in July 2015. This Inquiry replaced the previous, non-statutory, Inquiry set up in July 2014 which saw both of its Chairs resign; on 4 August 2016, Justice Goddard resigned as the Chair of the statutory inquiry and on 11 August it was announced that Professor Alexis Jay would be the new Chair.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Crime, Policing and Justice
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on crime, policing and justice.
19.05.2016Police and Crime Commissioner Elections: 2016
On Thursday 5 May 2016 the second cycle of elections (2012 being the first) for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) took place in England and Wales (excluding the Metropolitan Police, City of London and Greater Manchester). The 40 police areas each elected one PCC. The supplementary vote system was used for the elections.
22.04.2016Policing and Crime Bill: Committee Stage Report
The Policing and Crime Bill is due to have its report stage and Legislative Grand Committee on 26 April 2016. This Briefing Paper provides an overview of the debate so far.

Lords Library Notes

27.06.2016Historical Child Sex Abuse Investigations
A number of investigations into historical child sex abuse in the UK have been launched by the police and public institutions in recent years. This follows allegations that claims of child sex abuse made against public figures had not been properly investigated in the past. This briefing focuses on the existing guidance for conducting these investigations and provides background information on recent investigations that have taken place. It has been written in preparation for a debate that is due to take place in the House of Lords on 30 June 2016 on the case for introducing statutory guidelines relating to the investigation of cases of historical child sex abuse.
25.11.2013Debate on 28 November: Policing
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 28 November 2013 to 'take note of public trust in the police and its role in effective policing, and the system for investigating complaints into police conduct'.
25.10.2013Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
03.11.2011Protection of Freedoms Bill (HL Bill 99 of 2010-12)
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Protection of Freedoms Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.
07.04.2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (HL Bill 62 of 2010-11)
This Library Note provides background reading for the second reading debate of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.
17.01.2008Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (HL Bill 16, 2007-08). LLN 2008/001
Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2008/001


09.03.2015The darknet and online anonymity
A very small proportion of websites use sophisticated anonymity systems, which allow their operators to conceal their identity if they wish to. This part of the web is commonly referred to as the darknet. The darknet helps citizens to protect their security and privacy and to circumvent censorship. It also facilitate organised crime, such as the billion dollar drug market known as Silk Road. This POSTnote discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising the other uses of anonymity technologies.
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.

Select Committee Reports

15.12.2011Government response to the fourteenth report from the Home Affairs Select Committee on new landscape
Government response. Home Office; Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
14.06.2011Police use of tasers.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
09.06.2011Police finances.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
04.05.2011Constitution Select Committee (HL) fourteenth report on Part 1 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility...
Constitution Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
03.05.2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]

Early Day Motions

24.11.2011POLICE (S.I., 2011, No. 2744)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that thePolicing Protocol Order 2011 (S.I., 2011, No. 2744), dated 15 November 2011, a copy of which was laid before this ...
That this House recognises the urgent need for a full judicial inquiry into the Metropolitan Police Service's handling of the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan in 1987; notes ...
That this House notes the Prime Minister's commitment to meet legitimate claims under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886by police authorities in areas where the recent public disorder took ...
That this House notes the different responses of different retailers following the recent public disorder in Manchester; applauds the decision of Sainsbury's to refuse to claim under ...
That this House notes with concern the recent misinterpretation by Lancashire Police officers of public order legislation that resulted in police officers visiting a Christian cafe ...


  • 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