Hansard is a “substantially verbatim” report of what is said in Parliament. Members’ words are recorded, and then edited to remove repetitions and obvious mistakes, albeit without taking away from the meaning of what is said. Hansard also reports decisions taken during a sitting and records how Members voted to reach those decisions in Divisions.

Each House of Parliament has its own publications. Commons Hansard includes proceedings in the Commons Chamber and Westminster Hall, as well as written ministerial statements, petitions and ministerial corrections, with separate reports produced of proceedings in Commons General and Public Bill Committees. Lords Hansard details proceedings in the Lords Chamber and Grand Committee.

The Hansard Online website has been produced from digitised editions of Commons and Lords Hansard, as part of a project led by the Commons and Lords libraries.

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