The journals are the daily record for the House of Lords. They are roughly comparable to the Daily Digest of the Congressional Record. They contain information on the way the House votes, progress of bills, and the different matters that are taken up.
The House of Lords journals are some of the most ancient parliamentary proceedings in existence. What is referred to as "the rolls" began in 1278 and continue to 1503 in Norman-French.
Holdings: the Norman-French rolls from 1278-1503; the House of Lords Journals from 1509-present.Return to top of page
The Journals are in the Government Documents Collection, on Stack Level 2M, South Stacks, aisles 6 (1509-present) and 38 (1278-1503).Return to top of page
The website British History Online has texts of the House of Lords Journals from 1509-1717 & 1832-1834 online. Once you've clicked on a link to an individual volume, you can browse that volume page by page, or search it.
Parliament's official website has House of Lords Journals from 1997 to the present online.Return to top of page
The journals are organized by volume number, with a volume usually containing several sessions. Each volume is organized by date of session, with sessions running from October to March. Within each volume, the organization is by date of meeting.
Each meeting proceeding is in the following order:
There is a subject index at the back of each volume.Return to top of page
Each index is organized by coverage of specific volume numbers. Within each index, the organization is by general subject entry, then specific subject entry, session (year), and finally page number.
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If you need assistance, please contact the government documents librarian at (608) 262-9852, or ask the librarians at the Reference Desk, in Room 262. You can also consult the section on Selected Reference Works About the Journals, at the end of the guide.Return to top of page
There is no single standard method of citing the Journals; however, the guide Citing British Parliamentary Publications lists some resources with guidelines on citing the Journals.Return to top of page
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