House of Commons Procedure and Practice

Second Edition, 2009

House of Commons Procedure and Practice - 24. The Parliamentary Record - Contents and Introduction

24. The Parliamentary Record

Photo of high relief entitled “Communications” from the British North America Act series of the Heritage Collection in the Chamber of the House of Commons.


*    Governing Provisions

*    The Journals

Format and Contents

Corrections and Alterations

*    The Debates

Format and Contents

Corrections and Alterations

*    The Order Paper and Notice Paper

Historical Perspective

Role of the Speaker

Format and Contents

Transfer from Notice Paper to Order Paper

Withdrawing Items from the Order Paper

Special Order Paper

*    The Projected Order of Business

Format and Contents

Subject to Change

*    The Status of House Business

Format and Contents

*    Minutes of Proceedings, Evidence and Reports of Committees

Corrections and Alterations

*    Bills


*    Historical Perspective

*    Authority and Jurisdiction

*    Current Arrangements

Chamber Proceedings

Committee Proceedings

Access to Broadcast Materials


A great speech is not only a news event; it is part of history. As history is written it should also be seen. We should have some way of preserving for those who come after us the words, the faces, the expressions and the emotions of the members of this house.

Max Saltsman, M.P. (Waterloo South)

(Debates, June 5, 1967, p. 1158)

The House produces many documents for the use of its Members, their staff and the general public. These documents enable all interested parties to follow parliamentary business; they also provide a permanent record of debate, decisions taken and other business coming before the House and its committees. The House also ensures the broadcasting of the proceedings of the House and its committees.

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