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Official Papers for Refugee Studies: 18th-20th Century Material

1800 to present day

Image shows nineteenth century parliamentary papers in bound volumes on a bookshelf

This really is an incredible set of primary source material. Within this vast set, over 25,000 volumes there is an absolute wealth of information. Subjects range from:  slavery, small pox and railways to the sinking of the Titanic. You will also find maps, illustrations and photographs within the documents. Large series of commissioners reports, annual departmental reports and statistics also run through the collection.

  • The Official Papers has a full set of both Lords and Commons Parliamentary papers, 1801 to the present day on open shelf situated on the ground floor of the Bodleian Law Library
  • The House of Commons papers are available in full text at the U.K Parliamentary Papers database  from 1801-2003/2004. University members need to log in for remote access. (House of Lords papers are available on the U.K. Parliametnary Papers database only when they are published as a joint committee with the a Commons committee)
  • Search SOLO by title for papers published post 2000

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Parliamentary papers/proceedings pre-1800


Image of bound House of Commons Hansard on a shelf

Hansard since 1909 is the true vertabtim report of debates/speeches in Parliament. There are two distinct sets, the Common and Lords debates. Until Hansard debates were not recorded in a formal way. Individual accounts exist but no formal debates were printed.

Since 1909 — and for important votes before then — Hansard has listed how members have voted in divisions.

For advice on column numbering, series and citation see the 'Official Report (Hansard) Factsheet'