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Law: Parliamentary Proceedings

The library guide for Cambridge University's Squire Law Library.

Pepper v Hart research

Pepper v Hart research (named after the 1993 case) is research into the parliamentary debates around a particular clause of a bill to discern the intention of Parliament. If primary legislation is ambiguous it may be possible to present statements from Hansard in court.

This House of Commons Research Briefing and Report explains it fully.

Some helpful summary guides have been produced by the Law Society and Lincoln's Inn.

Parliamentary procedure

The current edition of Erskine May's treatise on the law, privileges, proceedings and usage of Parliament is now available digitally on the Parliament UK website.

Erskine May's treatise is the most authoritative text on UK Parliamentary procedure and conventions.

Parliamentary Debates

The most recent printed volumes of Hansard are held in the West room of the University Library and older volumes can be requested and fetched to the Rare Books room. There are three series: House of Commons, House of Lords and Standing Committee Debates.

 

https://hansard.parliament.uk

Search for Members, their contributions, debates, petitions and divisions from published Hansard reports commencing May 2010.

 

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/

House of Commons 1988-2016 and links to further archives.

 

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/lords/

House of Lords 1995-2016 and links to further archives.

 

Proquest UK Parliamentary Papers

Includes Hansard from 1803-2005, Parliamentary Register 1774-1805, some historical accounts from 1660-1743.

 

Hansard Corpus
Searchable full text of Hansard from 1803-2005 with numerous search options available.

Hansard

Photo of two green volumes of Hansard (parliamentary debates) with an open volume in front.

Parliament Live TV

You can watch Parliament Live TV in real-time on your desktop.

There is also a searchable archive of all the audio and video recordings that have been made of the House of Commons, House of Lords and Committee meetings since 4th December 2007.

Parliament Rolls