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This volume for 2 to 13 March 1981, the seventh volume of Session 1980-81, the second Session of the 48th Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was presented to the then Clerk of the House of Commons, Sir Charles Gordon, to celebrate the 1000th volume of the fifth series of 'Hansard'.
As well as the 36 volumes of the 'Parliamentary History' to 1803 (published between 1806 and 1820), there were 41 volumes in the first series of the 'Parliamentary Debates' (1803-20), 25 in the new or second series (1820-30), 356 in the third series (1830-91) and 199 in the fourth series (1892-1908). Following the establishment of the 'Official Report' in 1909, separate series were published for each House: there were 1,000 volumes in the fifth series for the Commons (1909-81), and there have so far been 594 in its sixth series (to the end of the 2010-15 Parliament), while the Lords has published 760 volumes in its fifth series (1909 to the end of the 2010-15 Parliament).
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