House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides information and research services for MPs and their staff in support of their parliamentary duties. Some of the information contained in the library can also be accessed by members of the public through their web-site.

Using material obtained through the Parliament web-site may be subject to copyright and/or other restrictions so check the details at

and the Open Parliament Licence at

Research Briefings are documents that offer a summary of facts and background information on subjects of interest including legislation proceeding through Parliament. These documents are published and accessible from the Commons Library web-site.

As an example, you can read a research briefing on the implications of Brexit for fisheries – A forthcoming Fisheries Bill was mentioned in the recent Queens Speech.

Find the briefing Brexit: What next for UK fisheries? here

Other Research briefings can be found at:

Other available documents include “deposited papers” which MPs and ministers place in the Library in reply to parliamentary questions.

A section of the website is dedicated to items related to Brexit and is Parliament’s analysis of how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK. It is available at:

The Commons Library can be found at

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Details of an equivalent Library for the House of Lords is available at:

Associated to the House of Commons library is Second Reading, a blog that provides an impartial and authoritative take on the latest issues and statistics. Read the blog at

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