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British parliamentary papers_online2011

May 22, 2015




  • 1. British Parliamentary Papers online John French. April 2011

2. The range of parliamentary publication sources includes:

  • Free public websites
  • Subscription databases available from the library webpages
  • Paper (and microfiche) resources held in the library

3. Free resources:Official Documentswebsite 4. Content and Scope

  • Official Documentsis the official reference facility for Command and departmentally sponsored House of Commons Papers.
  • From May 2005 onwards, all Command Papers and House of Commons Papers, as well as key Departmental papers, are available for free on the site in PDF format.

5. Free 6. Content and Scope

  • Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majestys Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland
  • The original (as enacted) and revised versions of legislation published by and under the authority of the Controller of HMSO

7. Free resources:Parliament UK 8. Content and Scope (1)

  • Primarily a resource for current information on bills, debates and committees, with links to related sites such asPublic Information Onlinefor older material,Parliament UKalso contains access to historic Hansard at
  • Use theParliamentary Businesstab for access to publications

9. Content and Scope (2)

  • The site also contains a series of Factsheets on aspects of parliamentary work:
    • Procedure series
    • Legislation series
    • Members/Elections series
    • General series (such as history)

10. Subscription resources:Public Information Online 11. 12. Content and Scope

  • Public Information Onlinecontains
  • Allmaterial from 2006/07 Parliamentary session onwards. The site is updated daily with fully searchable PDFs that are available on the day of publication.

13. Subscription resources:House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 14. Published by Chadwyck Healey and hosted on the Proquest platform 15. Content and Scope (1)

  • We have access to the following collections:
  • 18th century (1688-1834)
  • 19th century (1801-1900)
  • 20th century (1901-2003/04 session)
  • 21st century module 1 (2004/05 2009/10 sessions)

16. Content and Scope (2)

  • HCPP has aGuide to Parliamentary Papersat
  • These Sessional papers comprise:
    • Bills- drafts of legislation
    • House Papers- documents resulting from the work of the House and its Committees.
    • Command Papers- Government papers (from Ministers) conveying information or decisions the Government wishes to draw to the attention of the House

17. Content and Scope (3)

  • Reports of Committees- Select or the Whole House. Appointed to investigate issues of concern
  • Reports of Commissioners- Commissions appointed by the Crown to investigate social problems
  • Accounts and Papers- Statistical information, Correspondence, Treaties

18. My Archive function lets you save searches and selected records between sessions 19. Subscription resources:Lexis Library 20. Content and Scope :Halsburys Laws of England 21. Subscription resources:Westlaw 22. Content and Scope:Legislation tab for Public and General Acts 23. Subscription resources:Parliamentary Rolls of Medieval England 24. The rolls of parliament were the official records of the meetings of the English parliament from the reign of Edward I (1272 - 1307) until the reign of Henry VII (1485 - 1509), after which they were superseded by the journals of the lords and, somewhat later, of the commons 25. Robert of Standon prays that you will remember the order which our lord the king gave to him at Aberconway in the war of Madog ap Llewelyn for him to provide victuals to equip the castle of Harlech 26. Parliamentary Rolls of Medieval England:footnote

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27. State Papers Online 1509-1714 28. Results for Armada in the reign of Elizabeth I 29. The Cabinet Papers 1915-1980 Selected papers from the National Archives (JISC) 30. Results for the Beveridge Report on social insurance 31. Paper resources held in the John Rylands Library

  • There are still considerable paper resources held on the open shelves in:
    • Red Floor 3 (the Parliamentary Publications sequence, with no shelf numbers), and
    • Green Floor 3 (Public General Acts, Statutory Instruments, with shelf numbers in the 340s)

32. 33. 34. ebook:How Parliament Works ,by Rogers and Walters, 2006. 35. Citing parliamentary papers

  • Citing Legislation: Acts of Parliament
  • Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1987 (c.33) London, HMSO.
  • Parliamentary Papers
  • When citing parliamentary papers include the following information:
    • Abbreviation of the House HC or HL
    • Paper number
    • Date of Parliamentary Session in brackets
  • for example:
  • HC 7 (1990-91)
  • (Courtesy of the LSE Library)

36. and finally

  • Parliament has a range of other networked resources which provide background information on procedures, history and current business

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