1st Series, 1803- 1820. 41 vol.
2nd Series, 1820-1830, 25 vol.
3rd Series, 1830-1891, 356 vol.
4th Series, 1892-1908, 199 vol.
5th Series, 1909-1980/81, 1000 vol.
6th Series, 1980/81 -
"The first title was Cobbett;s
Parliamentary Debates, which themselves stemmed from Cobbett's Annual
Register, (later the Political Register).
VALUE: It was not until 1909 that Hansard became a strictly verbatim
report. The method of compiling the work for a considerable time was
to choose what seemed to be the best newspaper report and to send
it to the speakers for their corrections. If no corrections were forthcoming
the report was printed as it stood. There is therefore no special
authority attaching to Hansard until after 1909. Other sources may
be profitably consulted. See P. Ford and G. Ford's A Guide to Parliamentary
Papers (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1955.)" (8)
UF has complete set
1803-1992/93 Paged Collection, request at Library West Circulation
Alternative format for some heavily damaged bound volumes:
1830-1881 Library West, Microprint
1993/94 to present Library West,Documents Microfiche
1996 - Present · Internet:
House of Commons, Daily
House of Lords, Debates
The Parliamentary Register; or, History of the Proceedings and Debates
of the House of Commons, (House of Lords) an Account of the Most Interesting
Speeches and Motions; Accurate Copies of the Most Remarkable Letters
and Papers; of the Most Material Evidence, Petitions, etc. Laid Before,
and Offered to the House During the First-Sixth session of the Fourteenth
Parliament of Great Britain. 17 vol. "Published first by Almon,
then by Debrett and Almon, then by Debrett, successor to Almon, and
finally by Debrett alone. The first 17 volumes were reprinted by Stockdale
in 1802. The last 3 volumes cover the same ground as the last four
VALUE: Almon, as survivng letters in the British Musem show, received
assistance from some Members. It is not easy to say which speeches
were supplied by their authors or even how much those received were
UF has the first 17 volumes covering 1774-1780
Science Library, 1st Floor
Debates in Parliament
"Reprinted from the Gentlemen's Magazine.
VALUE: Johnson did not attend the debates. A careful examination of
the background of the Debates in the Senate of Lilliput is to be found
in B. B. Hoover, Samuel Johnson's Parliamentary Reporting (Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1953.)" (6)
These 'debates' are the last two volumes in "The Works of Samuel
Special Collections, Rare Books
Special Collections, Rare Books 1139
The History and Proceedings of the House of Lords from the Restoration
"7 volumes issues in 1742 and a supplementary
one in 1743. Based principally on the periodical material which descibed
and evaluated in Proceedings (iv): Periodicals." (5)
Special Collection., Misc. Collections
"The title, Townshend's Historical
Collections, is sanctioned by use and not by the facts. Townshend
was responsible for only the remarkable diary of 1601, which is better
printed here than in Debates: D'Ewes' Journals. There are many manuscripts
of it. The other seven journals are very closely related to the work
VALUE: Townshend's diary for the Parliament of 1601 is extremely useful."
Library West, Microfilm
015.42 E581 reel 1644 no.11
The Journals of All the Parliaments During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth
"Second edition, 1693. The collection was published after
D'Ewes' death and was not well edited for publication. D'Ewes' own
manuscript in the British Museum is more satisfactory, Harl. Mss.
73, 74, 75 compiled in 1629-30.
VALUE: D'Ewes himself was not a member of any of these Parliaments.
His compilation has been shown to be wrong at several points. "
Library West, Microfilm
015.42 E581 reel 180 no.15
DEBATES ON AMERICA
Proceedings and debates of the British Parliaments Respecting North
"It was intended to continue this collection to
the year 1783.
VALUE: This is a careful compilation of what was said and done in
British parliaments - Ireland and Scotland are included- with regard
to America. It is based on both manuscripts and printed material.
Where accounts differ, all are printed. The introductions contain
valuable discussion of the sources."(2)
UF has 5 volumes covering 1542-1754
Cobbett's Parliamentary History of England continued by T. C. Hansard
The Parliamentary History of England
"VALUE: Still the best single source for parliamentary
debates. Particularly in the eighteenth century. It is not, however,
a definitive collection, and it sometimes silently suppresses material
to be found in its sources. There is a General Index for 1803-1830
(London, 1834). A projected Index to the Parliamentary History for
the period before 1803 was never published.
OTHER SOURCES: Because of the long period covered, a list of other
sources is not practicable. Cobbett relied chiefly on the Old Parliamentary
History for the period before 1660. He adds some fresh material -
notably Nicholas's Diary for the Parliament of 1621. Thereafter he
used most of the items listed in this bibliography, if they were in
print at the time that he did his work. He did not, however, ignore
manuscript sources, though he is not always very informative about
what he did use. Two partiuculaly valuable manuscript sources were
incorporated. The first is the notes of Archbishop Seeker of the proceedings
in the House of Lords from 1735 to 1743. The other is the parliamentary
journal of Philip Yorke which covers the period from 1743 to 1745.
Neither of these two very useful sources is in print elsewhere. The
manuscripts are in the British Museum."(1)
Original set: Paged Collection, Request at Circulation Library West
Reprint set: Science Library, 1st Floor 328.4202 G7791p 1966
Set is not indexed. Researcher must use the table of contents in each