Frequently Asked Questions


How can I find parliamentary debates?

Our answer:

The full text of recent parliamentary debates (also known as "Hansard") may be found on the website of the United Kingdom Parliament.

You will notice that on the Hansard page there are both House of Commons debates and House of Lords debates.

Debates for the current session of Parliament are displayed in the latest sitting sections. You can also access the full text of debates online back to 1803.

If you know the exact date on which a debate took place in Parliament, it will usually be relatively straightforward to locate the full text. However, if you do not know the date on which the debate took place, then go to "Find Debates" and search by keyword.

If you have any questions about finding a particular parliamentary debate, please contact the Online Library for assistance.