The Official Report (Hansard) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings in both Houses. Commons Hansard covers proceedings in the Commons Chamber, Westminster Hall and Standing Committees. Lords Hansard covers proceedings in the Lords Chamber and its Grand Committees.
Members’ words are reported with repetitions and redundancies omitted and with obvious mistakes omitted, but nothing is left out which adds to the meaning of the speech or illustrates the argument. Both Official Reports also contain the relevant Written Ministerial Statements and Written Answers.
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