Records of the House of Lords: Official Report ('Hansard')
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- Held At: Parliamentary Archives: GB-061
- Catalogue Reference: HL/PO/OF
- Date: 1909-2018
- Level: Sub sub fonds
- Extent: 3 series; 602 volumes; 43 files
- Creator Name: House of Lords; Official Report; 1909-
- Administrative or Biographical History: In both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, the regular reporting of parliamentary debates developed gradually during the ninteenth century. The name generally used to describe the reports was 'Hansard'. This was due to the fact that T.C. Hansard was the first printer and later the publisher of the official series of Parliamentary Debates covering both Houses inaugurated by William Cobbett in 1803. Grants were voted annually from 1878-1908 to further the publication of debates. In 1909 the present system was adopted, whereby the reports of debates are prepared by staff in the direct employment of each House and issued in separate series. These reports were at first known simply as 'Parliamentary Debates, Official Report'. In 1943 the word 'Hansard' was restored to the title. The First Editor of the Debates in 1909 was Mr Walter, who had previously been a senior reporter for 11 years.
The Editor of Debates and the reporting staff of the House of Lords Hansard are appointed by the Clerk of the Parliaments. The Official Report is published daily by The Stationery Office and later made up into bound volumes. Weekly volumes have been available since 1947. Since the introduction of questions for written answer in 1928, the answers to such questions have been printed in the Official Report. The publication of additional matter which is too lengthy or complicated to be given orally in the House, is permitted in the case of answers to starred questions and of ministerial statements. Statements, may, with leave, be reproduced in the Official Report although they may not have been given either orally in the House. Where a Commons statement is not repeated either orally or in printed from, an italic reference to the statement in question giving the appropriate reference to the Commons Hansard is included in the Lords Hansard. Debates in committees on public bills off the floor of the House are reported in an appendix to the daily part.
Editors of Debates:
1909 - 1921 - Mr Arthur Walter
1921 - Mr A. A. Reid
- Description: HL/PO/OF/1 are records relating to HMSO vs Information Technology Plc, Act Group Plc and Act Logsys Ltd. HL/PO/OF/S5 are volumes of House of Lords Parliamentary Debates (Hansard).
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- Language: English
- Related Material: Copies of the Official Report of both Houses from 1803-1907 and some original, manuscript letters regarding the Parliamentary Debates are in HAN. Copies of the House of Commons Hansard, 1909 onwards can be found in HC/OF.
- Related Record:
- Access Status: Open
- Access Conditions: Open unless otherwise stated. HL/PO/OF/S5/116 was recorded as missing March 2022.
- Copies Exist: From 24 October 1996, the full text of the Official Reports of both the Lords and the Commons are available on the Internet.
- Publication Notes: House of Lords Offices Committee reports for 1908 record Mr Walter's appointment as Editor.