Votes and proceedings of the House of Commons

The daily records of the business of the House of Commons contain all the business that was transacted on the previous day. It includes Notices of motions and orders of the day.

Library holdings and online access

Publication Time period Access links
Votes and proceedings of the House of Commons... 1861-1890/91 CAC Sq 328.42 GRE
Notices of motions and orders of the day... 1861-1890/91 CAC Sq 328.42 GRE
Votes and proceedings
Earlier editions of Votes and Proceedings are available in corrected form as the House of Commons Journal
2006 - 2010 Online
Votes and proceedings 2008/09 - present Online

Minutes of proceedings and order papers of the House of Lords

The daily records of the business of the House of Lords contain all the business that was transacted on the previous day.

Information contained in them can be found in the sessional volumes of the Journals of the House of Lords (see below).

The House of Lords Business website contains information on minutes of proceedings and future business. The Minutes and Order Papers Archive is also available online.

Journals

The Journals for each House are compiled daily from the Votes and Proceedings for the House of Commons and the Minutes of Proceedings for the House of Lords. They form the permanent record of the business dealt with in each session of Parliament. The Journals record only what was done, not what was said (which is the role of the Debates).

Each new sessional volume is published about two years after the end of the session.

Library holdings and online access

Publication Time period Access links
Journals of the House of Commons
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Votes and Proceedings
1547-1800 RSERef 328.42 GRE
Journals of the House of Commons
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Votes and Proceedings
1688-1834 eResource
Journals of the House of Commons
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Votes and Proceedings
1801-1999/2000 CAC Sef 328.42 GRE
Journals of the House of Commons
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Votes and Proceedings
From 1835 to the present Online

 

Publication Time period Access links
Journals of the House of Lords
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Minutes of Proceedings
1509-1800 RSERef 328.42 GRE
Journals of the House of Lords
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Minutes of Proceedings
1688-1834 eResource
Journals of the House of Lords
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Minutes of Proceedings
1801- 2002/03 CAC Sef 328.42 GRE
Journals of the House of Lords
Compiled from and largely supersede the daily Minutes of Proceedings
From May 1997 to the present Online

Indexes to the Journals

House of Commons:

There are eight general indexes covering 1547-1879. Indexes were published every 10 years from 1879.

General Index to the Journals of the House of Commons 1660-1837: eResource

From 1837: Online

House of Lords:

General indexes were published from 1510-1853, and every ten years from then on.

General Index to the Journals of the House of Lords 1660-1854: eResource

Indexes are found in the back of each published volume, 1801- 2002/03: CAC Sef 328.42 GRE

From May 1997: Online. The index is published with each journal; select the link on the journal page.