This really is an incredible set of primary source material. Within this vast set, over 25,000 volumes there is an absolute wealth of information. Subjects range from: slavery, small pox and railways to the sinking of the Titanic. You will also find maps, illustrations and photographs within the documents. Large series of commissioners reports, annual departmental reports and statistics also run through the collection.
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Hansard since 1909 is the true vertabtim report of debates/speeches in Parliament. There are two distinct sets, the Common and Lords debates. Until Hansard debates were not recorded in a formal way. Individual accounts exist but no formal debates were printed.
Since 1909 — and for important votes before then — Hansard has listed how members have voted in divisions.
For advice on column numbering, series and citation see the 'Official Report (Hansard) Factsheet'