British Official Publications

British Official Publications

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2nd Edition - January 1, 1973

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  • Author: John E. Pemberton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145747

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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).


Product details

  • No. of pages: 342
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1973
  • Published: January 1, 1973
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145747

About the Author

John E. Pemberton

About the Editor

G. Chandler

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Canberra, Australia

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