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Parliamentary Papers, Proceedings and Departmental Papers : UK: Print/digital parliamentary collections


The Official Papers section is situated on the ground floor of the Bodleian Law Library

All print material is open access. Please ask staff for assistance. 

  • Full set of Journals of the House of Commons and Lords
  • 'First Series'  A set of select committee reports were reprinted in 15 large folio volumes known as the ‘First Series’ covering 1715 -1801. 
  • House of Lords and Commons sessional papers from 1801 to present day
  • House of Commons sessional papers of the 18th century. A modern facsimilie reprint of all known separately published papers of the House of Commons in 145 volumes. Edited by Shelia Lambert and is also know as the ‘Lambert Reprint’ Its index not only gives references for publications in the Abbott Collection and First Series but also those papers that were published in the House of Commons and Lords Journals.  
  • Hansard: Cobbett's Parliamentary History onwards  
  • Standing Committee debates


UK Parliamentary Papers: database

 U.K. Parliamentary Papers  

  •  18th century collections:
    Harper Collection of Private Bills (1695-1814)
    House of Commons Sessional Papers (1715-1800)
    House of Lords Sessional Papers (1714-1805)
    Journals of the House of Commons (1688-1834)
    Journals of the House of Lords (1688-1834)
    Local and Personal Acts (1797-1834)
    Parliamentary Register (1780-1796)
  • Gives access in full text to the bound set of House of Commons parliamentary papers from 1801-2003/04 
  •  Hansard 1800-2009.

The database is very large so it is advisable to search in advanced search and limit you search by date/and or collection type. 

House of Lords papers are available in this database only where they were published as part of a joint Committee.  For access 1900 onwards see Public Information Online. 

For more information on the database and tips on searching please see the Proquest: Parliamentary Papers electronic guide

Please email if assistance is required

Quick search. Do you know the paper number?

On the introductory page of the U.K. Parliamentary Papers database, select 'search by number' on the top left. 


Search by paper number for bills, command papers and house of commons papers. It is advisable to put in a date range or parliamentary session to reduce the number of returns. 

Highlighted search terms

Once you have returned a document you are able to search for keywords within it. Your search term appears highlighted in yellow throughout the document. Results appear below the search box. So for example, image 3, which is the third image of the document (not page number) shows that the keyword searched for appeared five times. 



Many papers have maps and illustrations. Some illustrations and maps are not reproduced very clearly (unlike the illustration above). For the majority of documents, the pages and images were scanned from microfiche occasionally resulting in poor copy, this can also make figures difficult to read. If you would like to see the original please do contact staff, Copies can also be made from the originals by arrangement.

Public Information Online: database

Public Information Online

An up-to-date archive of searchable Parliamentary and Official documents.Collections include:

  • House of Lords papers from 1901 to present day.
  • ​House of Commons papers from 2006 
  • The database also has a growing collection of government publications to include the British Imperial Calendar/Civil Service Yearbook from 1963 onwards.
  • Standing Committee debates available from 1919-

PIO also contains parliamentary and non-parliamentary publications from the UK’s devolved assemblies and parliaments: the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and the National Assembly of Wales. The database has excellent search facilities, which include browsing by parliamentary session and publishing body.