The Commons Library provides an impartial research and information service for MPs and their staff. It publishes politically-impartial policy analysis and statistical research, free for all to read. Explore quick-read articles, in-depth research, and interactive data visualisations.
All Commons Library Research Briefings and Standard Notes, and House of Lords Research Briefings are now publicly-available on the Commons Library website: Commons Library research
It also provides research of the current business of the House of Commons: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/this-week/
The Commons Library Research Papers and Standard Notes can be viewed by topic and sub-topic. The links to these listings can be saved as bookmarks so you can go straight to the subjects you are interested in.
- Economy, Business and Transport
- Home Affairs
- Parliament and Elections
- Science, Environment and Technology
- Social Policy
- World Affairs
Debate Packs are collections of parliamentary and other relevant material produced for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall, other than half hour adjournment debates. The packs are not prepared for Opposition Day Debates.
You can find the debate packs on the Commons Library website here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/type/debate-pack/
Commons Library Legislation Briefings
The Commons Library provides legislation briefings, which cover all major public Bills and the top seven balloted Private Members’ Bills.
Briefing Papers on Bills from the most recent Parliamentary sessions are available in the Bills documents sections of the Bills before Parliament web pages. Briefing papers on Bills from Parliamentary sessions 2001-02 to 2011-12 are accessible on the archived Bill Gateways intranet pages.
You can also view POSTNotes – research briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology here: https://post.parliament.uk/