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United Kingdom: The Parliaments

This guide is to assist people researching the Parliament of the United Kingdom Parliament of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its predecessors. 

Reference Works to Identify Older Parliamentary Materials

A breviate contains very useful information for identifying parliamentary papers. While selective, each item contains a full bibliographical record for the item and a brief but rich abstract of the contents. Breviates list papers concerning domestic affairs only. For foreign policy see Guides to Foreign Policy in Parliamentary Papers.

Online Resources

The online database UK Parliamentary Papers will contain almost all of the Command and Sessional Papers. But it is also worthwhile to look for content in other databases, particularly for the period before the nineteenth century and the normalization of government printing in the HMSO. Many of the works in the following box can be found in one of these online resources.

Older Parliamentary Material in Bobst