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.
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
Archived debates can be found online as follows:
- Archived Commons debates to March 2016
- Archived Lords debates to March 2016
- Historical Hansard - Commons and Lords debates dating back to 1803