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Law - UK: UK Bills & Official Publications

What is Hansard?

Hansard (the Official Report) is a "substantially verbatim" report of proceedings in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Where can I find a Select Committee report?

There are Select Committees in both Houses of Parliament. Their task is to scrutinise the workings of government and to publish a report of their findings.

Progress of Bills

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House of Lords

House of Lords 2011

Where can I find a Bill?

A Bill is a proposal for new law or a proposal to change existing law. It must be approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, then receive Royal Assent (agreement from the reigning monarch) before it can become an Act. You can find out more about the passage of a Bill on the UK Parliament website.

Where can I find a Command Paper?

A Command Paper is a government publication presented to Parliament "by Command of Her Majesty". They include Green Papers (government consultation documents) and White Papers (government policy documents). A Command Paper is usually identified by a sequence of letters and numbers, e.g. Cm 8865. You can find out more about Command Papers on the UK Parliament website.

Where can I find a Law Commission publication?

The Law Commission is an independent body established by statute to review the law and to suggest areas of reform.

How do I research official publications?