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British Sessional Papers and Parliamentary Debates: Background Sources

A finding guide for British Parliamentary papers and debates held in Olin Library or accessible online. Click on the TABS to access each section.

Background Sources: Guides to Parliament

Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Hailsham, England: Dod's Parliamentary Companion, Ltd. Annual.  (Olin JN 500 .D64; latest year shelved in Olin Reference)

An annual register of members of Parliament, Commons and Lords, including biographies, election data, reviews of the prior session's legislative activity, staff lists, ministerial responsibilities and other information. Olin has most years back to 1854.

Child, Susan. Politico's Guide to Parliament. 2nd edition. London: Politico, 2002. (Olin Reference KD 4215 .Z9 C48 2002).

A detailed guide to how the British Parliament actually works in recent times. Parliamentary Papers are explained in Chapter Seven.

The Almanac of British Politics. 7th edition. New York: Routledge, 2002. (Olin Reference JN 561 .W28x 2002)

Rough equivalent of the Almanac of American Politics: detailed descriptions of each constituency or seat in Parliament as of the 2001 elections. Earlier editions shelved in the Olin stacks.

Guides to Parlimentary Publications

Rodgers, Frank. Guide to British Government Publications. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1980. (Olin Ref Z 2009 .R69 G9 1980, also Law Reference).

The primary background source for all British government documents.

A Bibliography of Parlimentary Debates of Great Britain. House of Commons Library Document No. 2. London: H. M. S. O., 1956. (Olin Ref JN 500 .A22 no. 2)

A excellent brief guide to "the spoken proceedings of Parliament." [Foreword] Worth consulting for evaluation of parallel sources.

Debates and Proceedings of the British Parliaments: A Guide to Printed Sources.. House of Commons Library Document No. 16. London: H. M. S. O., 1986. Olin Ref JN 500 .A22 no. 16)

A more detailed guide than the Bibliography above.

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