British Official Publications - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780080177977, 9781483145747

British Official Publications

2nd Edition

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Authors: John E. Pemberton
Editors: G. Chandler
eBook ISBN: 9781483145747
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1973
Page Count: 342
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British Official Publications, Second Revised Edition is a 17-chapter book that first describes the British parliamentary government. Subsequent chapters talk about the official publications and parliamentary proceedings. Other chapters present the commons and lords papers; command papers; royal commissions; bills; parliamentary debates; acts and measures; delegated legislation and administrative tribunals; committees and tribunals of inquiry; non-parliamentary publications; reference books; statistics; and national archives. Obtaining H.M.S.O. publications and non-H.M.S.O. official publications are also shown.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


1. British Parliamentary Government

The Constitution

Supremacy of Parliament

Powers of the Crown

The House of Lords: Membership, Procedure and Officers, Functions and Reform

The House of Commons: Membership, Powers, Procedure

The Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

2. Official Publications: Classification and Indexes

Parliamentary or Non-Parliamentary? Official Indexes

Non-Official Indexes

Guides to Official Publications

3. Parliamentary Proceedings

Order Paper of the House of Commons

Votes and Proceedings

Division Lists


The Blue Paper

Journals of the House of Commons

Minutes of Proceedings of the House of Lords

Journals of the House of Lords

4. Commons and Lords Papers

House of Commons Papers

House of Lords Papers

5. Command Papers

Nature and Scope


Concordance of Command Papers

State Papers: Treaty Series, Country Series, Miscellaneous Series

Royal Commissions and Tribunals of Inquiry

6. Royal Commissions

Character and Purpose

Alphabetical List of Royal Commissions, 1900-72

7. Bills



Stages: First Reading, Second Reading, Committee Stage, Report Stage, Third Reading

Lords Stage, Consideration of Lords Amendments

Versions of a Bill

Citation of Bills

Records of the Passage of Bills


Outlawries Bill

8. Parliamentary Debates


History of Hansard

Officiality of Hansard

Lords Debates

Form of Citations

Present-Day Reporting Practice

Broadcasting of Proceedings in Parliament

Using Hansard

The Queen's Speech

The Budget


Parliamentary Questions

Digest of Debates

Standing Committee Debates

9. Acts and Measures

Royal Assent

Types of Acts

Parts of an Act

Citation of Acts

Table of Regnal Years

Editions of the Acts


Official Indexes

Nonofficial Indexes

General Synod Measures

10. Delegated Legislation and Administrative Tribunals

Delegated Legislation: Purpose and Nature, Numbering and Classification, Annual Volumes, Revised Editions, Official Indexes, Halsbury's Statutory Instruments

Administrative Tribunals

11. Committees and Tribunals of Inquiry

Departmental Committees

Working Parties

Tribunals of Inquiry

Select Alphabetical List of Departmental Committees, Working Parties, Tribunals of Inquiry, etc., 1900-72

12. Non-Parliamentary Publications


Abstract from 1967 Official Catalog

Green Papers

13. Reference Books

(Arranged by Titles)

14. Statistics

(Arranged by Subjects)

15. National Archives

The Public Record Office

Lists and Indexes

Records not in the P.R.O.

Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts

Records of Parliament

16. Obtaining H.M.S.O. Publications

Her Majesty's Stationery Office

Government Bookshops: Official Agents in the United Kingdom, Official Agents Outside the United Kingdom

Standing Orders

Selected Subscription Service

Library Discounts

Out-of-Print Publications


Reprints and Microtexts

Crown Copyright

H.M.S.O. as Sales Agent

H.M.S.O. Services Working Party

17. Non-H.M.S.O. Official Publications

(Arranged by Departments).



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About the Author

John E. Pemberton

About the Editor

G. Chandler

Affiliations and Expertise

Canberra, Australia

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