House of CommonsShort guide to procedure and practice


Hansard (strictly 'the Official Report') is a word for word report of what was said in the House, edited by removing repetitions and correcting obvious mistakes. The proceedings up to about 1 a.m. are published in the daily part issued on the following morning.

Members may check the transcripts of their speeches before they are printed. To do so they should go to the Official Reporters room (one floor up from the principal floor by the Ladies' Gallery stairs - see map) between 1½ and 2½ hours after sitting down (or up to one hour after the House rises if this is earlier). Corrections can also be made to the daily parts for publication in the bound volumes by sending them to the Editor's Room (not by telephoning). In neither case can substantial alterations be made to the meaning of what was said in the House. After speaking, Members may receive queries about names, figures or quotations, and it is helpful if these are answered speedily. Members' entitlements to free copies are set out in the Members' Handbook.

Separate daily reports are produced of debates in standing committees. To check the transcripts of their speeches in committee, Members should make arrangements with the Hansard Committee Sub-Editor, who sits at the end of the platform to the Chairman's left.

Contact: the Editor, 3388; the Deputy Editor (House), 1480; the Deputy Editor (Committees), 5291.

Further information: Members' Handbook, section 8.


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Prepared 14 February 2001