Hansard is a substantially verbatim report of what is said in the House of Lords each day. It is available online approximately three hours after a debate and in hard copy the following morning. The Lords and Commons have separate reports.
Lords Hansard includes all business in the House and its committees, such as debates, division (vote) results, Grand Committee proceedings, written ministerial statements and written answers to questions.
The substantially verbatim transcript is produced by Hansard reporters and edited by managing editors to remove repetitions and obvious mistakes.
A definitive bound volume is also published some weeks later and represents the final version of proceedings in the House of Lords.
Hansard: Did you know?
- According to Hansard, the daily reports can fill two copies of a broadsheet newspaper.
- Hansard reporters take notes by shorthand, on Stenograph shorthand machines or by taking notes.
- Managing editors check the reports for errors and inconsistencies.
- Lords Hansard reports also include ‘written answers’, ministers’ responses to written parliamentary questions asked by Lords.