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'War speeches', William Dixon's notebook

Until recently Hansard reporters used shorthand to record proceedings in the Chamber. This notebook belonged to William Dixon (1893-1979), who said in “Our Hansard” (1950) that the Hansard reporter's shorthand notebook “contains a unique record of Parliament…No one else has so complete a record”. These images show the cover of the notebook and his note of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's statement on 3 September 1939 declaring war with Germany.

War speeches', William Dixon's shorthand notebook


September 1939

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, ACC/6443