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Commons Briefing Papers

01.11.2016The Northern Powerhouse
This briefing paper provides a general overview of the UK Government's plans for a 'Northern Powerhouse'. It explains the origins of the Northern Powerhouse concept, the policy and funding commitments set out by Government, the implications for changes in governance and a look at the future in light of the policies of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
19.10.2016Heathrow Airport
This paper looks at how Heathrow currently operates and the debate about its future, including the recommendation of the Airports Commission that a new third runway should be built to the north west of the existing site, views on that recommendation and what is likely to happen next.
13.10.2016Civilian drones
This paper outlines current regulations for the use of recreational and commercial drones in the UK. It also presents recent policy development in the UK and internationally, as well as emerging technological and regulatory issues related to drone integration into domestic airspace.
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
26.07.2016Transport in Scotland
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament and those which are devolved to Scotland, including most recently by the Scotland Act 2016.
25.07.2016Transport in Wales
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals by the Silk Commission and in the Wales Bill to devolve further powers.
25.07.2016Brexit: how will it affect transport?
This Commons Library briefing paper discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime. It will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Transport
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on transport.
26.04.2016Regional airports
This paper looks at policy affecting airports in the UK, outside London and the South East of England, including the work of the Airports Commission and debates around it, and financial support for lifeline services.
14.04.2016Access to transport for disabled people
This paper explains the legislative frameworks that apply to public transport passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility.


05.06.2015Trends in Transport
Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.
01.08.2007Transport biofuels, August 2007
Transport biofuels, August 2007. POSTnote 07/293.
01.11.2003The Environmental Costs of Aviation, November 2003
This briefing examines the basis for the Government's estimates of environmental costs of aviation and how these could be used in policy decisions related to airport expansion and environmental regulation.

Select Committee Reports

05.07.2011Air passenger duty: implications for Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
09.03.2011United Kingdom opt-in to the Passenger Name Record directive.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
08.09.2010Delivering multi-role tanker capability.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
24.02.2010The future of aviation.
Government response. Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
02.12.2009The future of aviation.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House recognises the considerable detrimental impact that the current level of airport duty is having on the UK airline industry, regional airports andbusiness and leisure ...
That this House expresses its condolences to the family of Mr Tadeusz Sawicz, one of the last surviving Polish pilots to take part in the Battle of Britain, who passed away on 19 October ...
That this House commends Leeds Bradford International Airport on its 80th anniversary; notes that the Yeadon Aerodrome was opened in 1931 and has been Yorkshire's biggest international ...
That this House calls on the UK Government to honour its earlier commitment to devolve the responsibility for Air Passenger Duty (APD) to the Scottish Government; believes that by having ...
That this House notes with concern the resignations of Mike Post, Cliff Pocock and Graham Tomlin as trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme (APS) established in 1948 to provide pensions ...


  • 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