British Parliament (Hansard) 1803-2005

This Hansard corpus contains nearly every speech given in the British Parliament from 1803-2005. The database allows very sophisticated word searches. For example, a user can: look at how the use of a word decreases, increases in use over time or how words spike in frequency of use; see  the changing meaning of words and the context words are used in over a given period of time; and find out how individual MPs use language and what words are commonly used by an MP.

Government Whips Office

Web site of the Office of the Government Chief Whip (House of Lords), providing brief information on current and forthcoming business of the House of Lords. Under “Legislation” there are brief summaries for each Bill. Part of the site is available only to Peers (upon registration).

Hansard

Full text of House of Commons Debates and House of Lords Debates commencing May 2010. For earlier debates use the “Archives” tab.

Hansard 1803-2005

This is a prototype site, sponsored by Parliament on an experimental basis, which aims to make available the full text (searchable) of Hansard back to 1803. It should be noted that content is not yet complete and that the text, which has no official status, may contain errors.

House of Commons

Includes: Hansard; Standing Committee Debates and Public Bill Committee Debates 1997/98 onwards; Select Committee publications and recent Select Committee press notices; Early Day Motions database 1989-1990 session onwards; Register of Members’ Interests; selected HC Papers; the Weekly Information Bulletin; Sessional Information Digest (WIB and SID both cover 1995-1996 to 2010-2012);  Votes and Proeceedings from 2008 are under “Publications & records”, then “Commons business papers”.

House of Lords

Includes Hansard; Select Committee Reports; full text House of Lords judgments archive 14 November 1996 to 30 July 2009; Appeal Committee Reports 1997-1998 to 2005-2006; the Companion to Standing Orders  and Guide to the Proceedings of the House of Lords, current and previous editions, are under “Publications & records.”

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) was created by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 to provide a new scheme for the reimbursement of expenses incurred by MPs in doing their work. Information on its web site includes the text of the scheme and press releases.

National Assembly for Wales

The National Assembly for Wales is a devolved assembly, now (since the coming into effect in May 2007 of the Government of Wales Act 2006) with power to make primary legislation (originally “Assembly Measures” and from 2011 “Acts”) in certain areas. These areas include education, the environment, health and social care, housing, social welfare, transport and others. Site content includes records of proceedings; Standing Orders; a guide to the legislative process; details of Assembly Acts, Bills and subordinate legislation (all with links to texts); and a link to the Government of Wales Act 2006.

Northern Ireland Assembly

The Assembly was established as part of the Belfast Agreement and is the prime source of authority for all devolved responsibilities. It has full legislative and executive authority. The site includes a directory of members; Official Report (Hansard) July 1998 onwards; Bills 1999 onwards; and tables showing progress of Statutory Rules. The site also includes Minutes of Departmental and Standing Committee meetings.

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

The Leader of the House of Commons is the Cabinet minister responsible for arranging government business, including the introduction of government Bills, in the House of Commons. Information here on the GOV.UK web site includes the Business Statements, made each Thursday when the House is sitting and announcing the business for the following week and provisional business for the subsequent week.

Office of the Parliamentary Counsel

The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (OPC) consists of a specialised team of lawyers with support staff, based in Whitehall, whose main work is drafting government Bills for introduction into Parliament and related Parliamentary business. Forming part of the Cabinet Office, it was formerly known as the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO). In this section of the GOV.UK site there is information on the OPC’s role and links to various publications such as the OPC’s guidance on drafting.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

The Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Health Service Ombudsman (two separate posts, held by the same individual) investigate complaints about government departments and agencies and certain other public bodies in the UK, and the National Health Service in England. The site contains information on the complaint procedure, links to relevant legislation, and documents, including reports and press releases.

Parliamentary Archives

This section of the UK Parliament web site provides information on the archive collections held by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. For links to published parliamentary material (current as well as historical) available online, including on external web sites, select “Digitised Historical Parliamentary Material”.

POLIS

POLIS – the Parliamentary Online Indexing Service – is no longer free. The information formerly provided by POLIS is now available in Justis Parliament, part of the Justis subscription service.

Politics.co.uk

This site is an impartial political website with no political affiliation which provides in-depth coverage of political events and news. It includes information on parliamentary schedules, Bills going through Parliament and a database of MPs (found within the Reference section). There are also guides to explain the political process.

Public Bill Committees

This section of the UK Parliament site contains full text debates of Public Bill Committees and the latest versions of Bills (where appropriate) from session 2006-2007 onwards. Standing Committees on Bills were the predecessors of the Public Bill Committees and their debates from the 1997-1998 session to the 2005-2006 session can also be viewed.

Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

Produced by researchers from the Scottish Parliament Project based in the School of History at the University of St Andrews, RPS contains the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving Act of 1235 to the union of 1707. The proceedings, which include the text of statutes, may be browsed by date (based on the reigns of monarchs) and are also fully searchable. Documents may be viewed as they appear in the manuscript (original language/spelling), or in standardized modern English versions.

Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament was re-established in 1999 after an interval of 292 years during which the UK Parliament legislated for Scotland. Its web site contains the Official Report of proceedings and written Questions and Answers, 1999 onwards, standing orders (governing parliamentary procedure), information on Bills in progress, committee papers, members’ biographies and frequent news releases.

TheyWorkForYou.com

This web site allows users to search for information on MPs (voting histories, attendance records, expenses etc.). The text of Commons debates goes back to the General Election of 1935; Commons written answers and written ministerial statements date back to the General Election of June 2001 and the House of Lords Debates from 1999 onwards. The site is run by a group of volunteers backed by a grant from a UK charity, UK Citizens Online Democracy.

United Kingdom Parliament

The UK Parliament site has information on the activities, membership and publications of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Sections of the site include: a “What’s On” page of current and future business; Hansard; Bills before Parliament; a directory of MPs, peers and offices; Committees; and parliamentary publications and archives. There are links to the devolved Parliaments and Assemblies of the UK.