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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if assistance is required
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.
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, email@example.com. Copies can also be made from the originals by arrangement.
An up-to-date archive of searchable Parliamentary and Official documents.Collections include:
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.