House of Commons Parliamentary Papers new platform

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers has now been upgraded and launched on the ProQuest Government platform and can be accessed at this link.  It will run concurrently with the legacy Chadwyck Healy platform here until end of March 2016.  The links on the eresources@cambridge A-Z and subject pages and on the LibGuides A-Z have been updated accordingly.

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are an essential primary source for Britain, its colonies, and the wider world. They are the working documents of the British government for all areas of social, political, economic, and foreign policy. 

They include Bills, Reports of Royal Commissions, Reports of Select Committees, Accounts and Papers and other materials. The Papers influenced public opinion and social and political philosophy, and provided a forum for ideas of hundreds of thinkers including Edward Jenner, Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, John Stuart Mill, Michael Faraday, Carlyle, Darwin, and Marx.

Before the advent of a fully formed Whitehall departmental system, Parliament was the main source of public information, ordering the publication of papers, returns, reports and evidence on a grand scale.

On the new improved platform, you will find searching faster and more intuitive, be able to apply post-search filters, bookmark search forms, use dedicated search forms for members of parliament; find full text PDFs fully searchable and discover related news content.

Debate Tonight: Whether a man’s wig should be dressed with honey or mustard! A 1795 cartoon satirizing the content of debates.

Silence Gentlemen, to Order, only 10 speak at a time! for if you all Bray together it’s impossible to decide on this important Question.


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