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During each session of Parliament, various documents and reports are submitted to both the House of Commons and the Senate. These include, among others, the reports and evidence of parliamentary committees, departmental annual reports, and answers to written questions from members of Parliament. Some of the papers submitted are subsequently published, with copies distributed to depository libraries. Recent documents may also be available online.
The Debates (also known as Hansard) provide a substantially verbatim account of what is said in Parliament. They have been officially recorded since the 1870s. Previously, non-verbatim speeches were included in newspaper accounts of parliamentary proceedings.
The Journals provide a complete and concise record of parliamentary proceedings. They differ from the Debates in that they record what was done in each House, as opposed to what was said.
- Country profiles - Economist Intelligence Unit. Detailed annual report describing each country’s economic and political status and background.
Access to Statistics Canada microdata and metadata
With the advent of the DLI, participating post secondary institutions pay an annual subscription fee that allows their faculty and students unlimited access to numerous Statistics Canada public use microdata files, databases and geographic files.
- Archives of the European Integration. University of Pittsburgh. Research materials and official documents related to the unification and integration. Includes working, discussion, policy papers, small monographs, and electronic journal articles. The easiest way to find documents on a particular subject or policy areas is through the Browse function, then by selecting either Subject or EU Subject.
Sessional Papers are issued for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They consist of various types of documents laid before each House.
House of Commons
The House of Commons Sessional Papers are perhaps the richest single source of primary documents covering British history and politics. They are also an invaluable source of information on the political, social and cultural life in Canada and other former colonies. The collection is packed with an array of reports, statistics, maps, drawings, treaties and bills.
The Journals record the daily transactions of each House of Parliament. They differ from the Debates in that they record what was done in each House, as opposed to what was said.
Journals of the House of Commons
The contents of the Journals vary through the years, but generally include:
Official publication of the British parliamentary debates, also known as Hansard or the Official Report, began in 1909. Since then, all speeches delivered in both Houses are transcribed by parliamentary staff and printed substantially verbatim. Previously, the debates were compiled in various parliamentary histories and privately published proceedings of Parliament.
- Constitution for Europe. Thematic fact sheets describing the results of the Convention and the proposed changes to the Constitution.
- CORDIS. Community Research and Development Information service. Provides information on all EU-supported R&D activities, including programmes, projects, results, publications and partners.
- Enlargement Directorate-General. European Commission.