Hansard (Official Report)
The Commons makes its first recorded attempt to suppress reports of parliamentary debates.
The Commons decides to print 'Votes and Proceedings' of the House, which include texts of Royal Speeches, Addresses to the Sovereign and Answers, the Orders and Resolutions of the House, and brief entries of Petitions and Papers presented to it.
Abel Boyer begins publishing the Political State of Britain, which includes parliamentary debates.
MPs declare that it is a "high indignity and a notorious breach of privilege" to report what is said in the Chamber.
Suppression of parliamentary reports finally ends following a legal battle by the radical MP and journalist John Wilkes.
William Cobbett starts publishing Cobbett's Weekly Political Register, later Cobbett's Parliamentary Debates.
Cobbett sells the contract for debates to Thomas Curson Hansard due to insolvency.
The Chancellor pays Hansard a grant in order to cover more parliamentary activity.
Parliament recruits 11 shorthand writers as it takes control of producing Hansard - which was then named the Official Report.
The name "Hansard" returns to the front page of the Official Report.
Hansard goes online at the Parliament website.