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About Hansard Online

What is Hansard?

Hansard is a substantially verbatim report of what is said in Parliament. Members’ words are recorded and then edited to remove repetitions and obvious mistakes, albeit without taking away from the meaning. Hansard also sets out details of Divisions and reports decisions taken during a sitting.

A “rolling” version of Hansard is published online in instalments during sitting days, with the printed record (daily part) of a day’s sitting becoming available the next morning, alongside an online version. Each House of Parliament has separate publications. Commons Hansard includes proceedings in the Commons Chamber and Westminster Hall, as well as written ministerial statements, petitions and ministerial corrections, while Lords Hansard details proceedings in the Lords Chamber and Grand Committee. Separate reports are produced of proceedings in Commons General and Public Bill Committees.

What is this website?

Hansard Online is a prototype of a new way to present content on the web. It is a joint project involving Hansard in the Commons and Lords and the Parliamentary Digital Service, with development led by Parliament’s Rapid Apps Team

New features on the site include a much-improved search function, the bringing together of all Hansard records into one easy interface, and the ability to link to particular contributions. The project team would welcome feedback on these or other features, which can be submitted through the feedback tool on the website.

As the Hansard Online project develops, we aim to bring together the “rolling” version of Hansard with reports of previous dates, and also to allow easy navigation between Hansard and the audio-visual record. In partnership with the data.parliament initiative, the project also seeks to streamline the publication process.

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