Hansard

Hansard is an edited verbatim record of what was said in Parliament. It also includes records of votes and written ministerial statements. The report is published daily covering the preceding day, and is followed by a bound final version

Transcribing and publishing

Members’ words are recorded by Hansard reporters and then edited to remove repetitions and obvious mistakes but without taking away from the meaning. The text of debates in the Commons and Lords is published online during the day - a speech is made available about three hours after a Member has finished delivering it.

The paper version of Hansard is produced by 6 am the following day. Bound final versions follow, proofread to eliminate any errors that may have occurred in the original. 

Hansard website

The Hansard website contains debates from both Houses, including from:

  • The Commons and Lords Chambers
  • Lords Grand Committee
  • Commons Westminster Hall debates
  • Commons Public Bill Committees
  • Commons European Committees
  • Commons Grand Committees
  • Commons Delegated Legislation Committees

Historic Hansard

Archived debates can be found online as follows:

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Related information

Read Hansard

Read questions and debates going back to 1988. Older editions of Hansard are held by the Parliamentary Archives.

Living Heritage

Find out about the history of Hansard and how the business of Parliament has been reported over the years