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Parliamentary Papers

Parliamentary Papers are those papers presented to Parliament, together with reports of Parliamentary Debates. These consist of House of Commons Papers, Bills and Command Papers and most of the Parliamentary Papers are available online via the resources listed below.

They are often cited by their session date, type and number, e.g. 1970/71 House of Commons Paper (H.C.P.) 32 or Command Paper (Cmnd.) 3769. While the Library has access to these online, we also hold a print collection, available upon request from the Research Reserve. This is a complete collection from 1944/45 to 2013, and an incomplete collection from 1772-1943. In addition there is a complete microfiche collection of Parliamentary Papers covering the years 1801 to 1944/45.

The full-text of Parliamentary Papers are available from the following resources:

The Parliament website also provides a list of select Committees from the House of Commons and House of Lords.

You can also search Publications from the GOV.UK site:

Parliamentary Debates | Hansard

These are the official reports of both Houses of Parliament. Hansard is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Daily Debates from Hansard are published on the Parliament website the next working day by 6am.

The Library holds a complete set of House of Commons official reports from the first series published in the early nineteenth century up to 2013, with a bound index for each session covering Members; names and subjects. A complete set of the House of Lords Hansard from 1914 to 2013 is also held. Both are available from the Research Reserve, and can be requested via Library Search, but both Houses reports are accessible and searchable online.