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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on economic policy. 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

    04.11.2016Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
    Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England's and international, quantitative easing policy.
    02.11.2016Regional Growth Fund
    This note examines the Regional Growth Fund, which is worth over 3.2 billion over the five years from 2011-12 to 2016-17. It is intended to promote the private sector in areas in England most at risk to public sector cuts.
    02.11.2016Economic Indicators, November 2016
    Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
    02.11.2016Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
    Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
    31.10.2016Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
    Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
    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.
    18.10.2016Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
    Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
    14.10.2016Industrial strategy
    Theresa May's Government has adopted a new approach to support for industry. This briefing paper brings together what information has been published describing the new strategy.
    14.10.2016Government borrowing and debt: international comparisons
    This note provides international comparisons of government borrowing and debt from 2009 to 2021.

    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.
    10.11.2015Welfare Reform and Work Bill (HL Bill 69 of 2015-16)
    This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 17 November 2015.
    21.08.2015Productivity in the United Kingdom and the British Economy Beyond Austerity
    This Library Note provides background information on the approach set out in the Conservative Party manifesto to economic and fiscal policy and summarises recent forecasts for the economy. In addition, it provides background information on the UK's productivity performance and summarises the main elements of, and both political and other reaction to, the Government's productivity plan. It has been written to support the debates in the House of Lords on the subjects of the Government's productivity plan and the 'British economy beyond austerity' scheduled to take place on 8 and 10 September 2015, respectively.
    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.
    04.06.2015Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] (HL Bill 1 of 2015-16)
    This Note outlines the proposals for reform of combined authorities and local authorities set out in the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL].


    24.05.2016Financial Technology (FinTech)
    Financial Technology (FinTech) describes the application of digital technology to financial services. This POSTnote reviews how and why FinTech is being used, and the benefits and challenges it presents to the UK.
    30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
    This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.
    08.08.2014Alternative Currencies
    This POSTnote outlines the different types and aims of these currencies. It also sets out how alternative currencies are being used and highlights regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.
    17.09.2012Measuring National Wellbeing
    This POSTnote summarises the latest research on measuring national wellbeing, its components and causes, and examines some policy implications.

    Select Committee Reports

    28.06.2011Rebalancing the economy: trade and investment.
    Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
    20.06.2011Budget 2011.
    Government response. Treasury Select Committee; Treasury; Office for Budget Responsibility report [Commons]
    14.06.2011Finance Bill 2011.
    Economic Affairs Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
    27.04.2011Finance (No.
    Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]
    16.09.2010Appointment of Robert Chote as Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility.
    Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House notes that commercial banks have arrogated to themselves the right to create almost the entire UK money supply out of nothing in the form of a debt to them whenever ...
    That this House notes the centenary of E F Schumacher's birth on 16 August 2011; recognises his outstanding contribution to economics; calls on the Government to implement his vision ...
    That this House notes that in his interview in the Financial Times of 19 January 2010 the Chancellor of the Exchequer has admitted to a planned policy of 17 per cent. cuts in expenditure ...
    That this House warmly welcomes the award of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics in October to the co-operative theorist and researcher, Professor Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University; ...
    That this House notes the real danger the country faces in borrowing relatively more than any other G8 country to balance the national accounts; is concerned that neither the Government ...


    • 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