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Exploring Parliamentary Publications

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Jennie Grimshaw, British Library. ALISS social science masterclass August 2018

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Exploring Parliamentary Publications

  1. 1. Exploring Parliamentary Publications Jennie Grimshaw
  2. 2. www.bl.uk Three Series: • Bills – Commons or Lords • Sessional papers • Committee reports – Commons or Lords • Act papers - Commons • Command papers - Commons • Debates – Commons or Lords • Subscribed resources: • Proquest UK Parliamentary Papers • Public Information Online 2
  3. 3. www.bl.uk Proquest UK Parliamentary Papers • Commons sessional papers & bills from C18 to present • Lords papers from C18-1910 • Hansard 1803-2005 • Available throughout UK HE • Good for historical research 3
  4. 4. www.bl.uk Bills from 2005/06 on Parliament.UK All bills from 2005/06 have a home page: • Dates of stages, with links to debates • Text of the bill + amendments • Public Bill Committee proceedings and debates • Briefing papers • Written evidence • Impact assessments • https://www.parliament.uk/busin ess/bills-and-legislation/ 4
  5. 5. www.bl.uk Sessional Information Digest • Available online from 1995/96 to 2010/12 • Gives Bill histories, including the dates of bill stages • You can find it by entering “Sessional Information Digest” in the search box 5
  6. 6. www.bl.uk Select Committee Reports • Monitor and investigate the conduct of government, or report on specialist areas • Listed on Parliament website under the name of the committee • Try using search box by keyword • Arranged by session, with most recent first • Available back to 1997/98 • Enquiry evidence collated and published with reports to 2013/14 • Subsequently found on Inquiry home page • https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/ 6
  7. 7. www.bl.uk Act Papers • Annual reports of agencies established by Act of Parliament • Listed on GOV.UK in reverse chronological order, with filters by keyword, date, policy area, etc • Find by searching GOV.UK by keyword, then filter by official document status • More easily traced on website of agency! • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications 7
  8. 8. www.bl.uk Command Papers • Presented to Parliament by Command of Her Majesty • Include White Papers – major statements of government policy – some consultations (green papers), draft bills, treaties and responses to select committee reports • Listed on GOV.UK in reverse chronological order, with filters by keyword, date, policy area, etc • Find list by searching GOV.UK by keyword, then filter by official document status • Also listed under the issuing department 8
  9. 9. www.bl.uk Debates (Hansard) • Now available as a searchable database from early C.19 at https://hansard.parliament.uk/ • Also PDF archive at https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard /commons/ • Includes Lords and Commons debates, Westminster Hall debates, oral answers to questions, oral ministerial statements and historic written answers • Browse by date of sitting • Search by keyword or name of MP, with date filter • Written answers and statements from 2014 are in a searchable database at https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written- questions-answers-statements/written-questions- answers/ 9
  10. 10. www.bl.uk Research Publications • Produced by Commons and Lords Libraries and POST • Search by Type, Topic and Year, picked from drop down menus • Produced to accompany some bills and in advance of debates as well as on current issues such as Brexit • https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ 10
  11. 11. www.bl.uk House of Commons Library Research and Analysis • Research and analysis on topical issues, e.g. elections, social policy, economy & business • Statistical information by constituency, e.g. house prices, unemployment benefit claimants • Subscribe to email alerts by topic • https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/ 11
  12. 12. www.bl.uk Parliamentary Web Archive Archived versions of: • Parliamentary website & specific sections • Social media, including Twitter feeds, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr • Complements UK Government Web Archive • http://webarchive.parliament.uk/ 12
  13. 13. www.bl.uk UK Government Web Archive – The National Archives Archived versions of: • UK Government and Agency websites • Twitter feeds • Youtube videos • Started in 2003, but some instances back to 1996 • Can browse alphabetical list or search by keyword • Keyword search in Google sometimes works better! • http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/ 13

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