What is Parliamentary copyright?
Parliamentary copyright is defined at Section 165 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as covering works made by or under the direction or control of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. The following categories of material qualify for Parliamentary copyright protection:
- Lords and Commons Official Reports (Hansard);
- Bills of Parliament;
- House business papers, including Journals of both Houses;
- Lords Minutes of Proceedings;
- Daily Business Papers (Vote Bundle);
- Commons Order Books;
- Commons Public Bill lists and Statutory Instruments lists;
- Weekly Information Bulletin;
- Sessional Information Digest.
The rights in Parliamentary copyright are exercised by the Speaker of the House of Commons (for Commons material) and by the Clerk of the Parliaments (for Lords material). However, the administration of Parliamentary copyright material is undertaken by the Office of Public Sector Information under the terms of an agreement with Parliament. Day-to-day administration of Parliamentary copyright is dealt with by the Information Policy Division of the Office of Public Sector Information.
Guidance on the re-use of Parliamentary copyright material
Parliamentary copyright material can be reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Parliamentary Licence.
Any applications that we receive in respect of Parliamentary copyright material falling outside of the scope of the Parliamentary Licence will be forwarded to the appropriate House official.