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Content published before December 2016

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

11.11.2016Health expenditure in England and the UK: Social Indicators page
Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.
24.10.2016Public sector employment by parliamentary constituency
This note analyses public sector employment by Parliamentary constituency.
21.10.2016Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
21.10.2016Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Latest data on net borrowing and net debt. This includes provisional estimates for 2015/16.
14.10.2016Government borrowing and debt: international comparisons
This note provides international comparisons of government borrowing and debt from 2009 to 2021.
30.09.2016Business rates: the 2017 revaluation
This Commons Library briefing note explains the processes governing the 2017 business rates revaluation.
23.09.2016Welfare savings 2010-11 to 2020-21
The House of Commons Library Welfare Expenditure and Savings Tool combines multiple sources of expenditure and savings data into one easy to use, up-to-date analysis tool. Users can track changes in welfare expenditure over time, analyse savings as a proportion of expenditure and identify key policy measures by benefit announced since June 2010. Total spending on UK social security and tax credits will be 218.4 billion in 2016-17, 28.3% of total managed expenditure. Measures announced since 2010 will save around 26 billion in the same year, roughly 10% of what welfare spending might otherwise have been.
14.09.2016The Office for Budget Responsibility and Charter for Budget Responsibility
This briefing investigates who the Office for Budget Responsibility are and what they do. It also discusses the government's fiscal targets, which are included in the Charter for Budget Responsibility.
25.08.2016Scotland: Public spending and revenue
Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: this note summarises what these say and how they are measured.
25.07.2016Impacts of immigration on population and the economy
This note looks at the impacts of immigration on different aspects of the economy and society, including population growth, employment, earnings, public services and the public finances.

Lords Library Notes

12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 4: Economic Affairs, Energy, Environment, Local Government and Transport
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
18.03.20162016 Budget: Overview and Reactions
This Lords Library briefing provides a summary of 2016 Budget announcements and the immediate reaction.
16.07.2015Debate on the Budget Statement
This Library Note provides background information on the Budget Statement which was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 8 July 2015. The Note provides a brief overview of some of the key Budget measures, before outlining the immediate reaction to the statement as expressed by members of the House of Commons and by a selection of organisations and commentators. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 21 July 2015.
28.11.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (HL Bill 57 of session 2014-15)
This Library Note provides background reading ahead of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 2 December 2014.
08.08.2014Polling Data on the Scottish Independence Referendum
This Library Note-an update to a previous Note published on 23 June 2014-focuses on public opinion polling data in relation to the Scottish independence referendum.
19.06.2014Referendum on Scottish Independence
On 18 September 2014, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether it should be an independent country. This Library Note updates a previous Library Note, published on 27 January 2014, on the subject of the possible consequences of a 'Yes' vote. The Note aims to provide broad discussion of some of the main issues raised in connection with the subject, and lists possible sources for further reading.

Select Committee Reports

19.12.2011Private finance initiative.
Government response. Treasury; Office for Budget Responsibility; National Audit Office; Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
18.07.2011Lessons from PFI and other projects.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
18.07.2011Private finance initiative.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
20.06.2011Budget 2011.
Government response. Treasury Select Committee; Treasury; Office for Budget Responsibility report [Commons]
27.04.2011Finance (No.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

10.01.2012GOVERNMENT TRADING FUNDS (S. I., 2011, No. 2884)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Central Office of Information Trading Fund (Revocation) Order2011(S.I., 2011, No. 2884), dated 29 November 2011, ...
That this House notes the concerns expressed in reports made by both the Public Accounts Committee and the Treasury Select Committee regardingevidence of tax avoidance being practised ...
That this House recognises the 11 and a half years service of Fabrizio Madeddu in the Member's Dining Room in the House of Commons; appreciates his excellent service and dedication ...
That this House notes with serious concern the Chancellor of the Exchequer's decision to purchase a new red dispatch box for this year's Budget at a cost of 4,300; believes the Chancellor ...
That this House expresses concern at comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister and others that givethe impression that the Liberal Democrat-controlled Sheffield City Council is managing ...


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  • 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