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Parliamentary copyright is defined at Section 165 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as covering works made by or under the direction or control of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. The following categories of material qualify for Parliamentary copyright protection:

  • Lords and Commons official reports (Hansard)
  • Bills of Parliament
  • House business papers, including Journals of both Houses
  • Lords Minutes of Proceedings
  • Daily business papers (vote bundle)
  • Commons Order Books
  • Commons Public Bill lists and Statutory Instruments lists
  • Weekly Information Bulletin
  • Sessional Information Digest

The rights in Parliamentary copyright are exercised by the Speaker of the House of Commons (for Commons material) and by the Clerk of the Parliaments (for Lords material).

Guidance on re-using Parliamentary copyright material

The vast majority of Parliamentary copyright material can be reproduced under the terms of the Open Parliament Licence. For further information visit the Parliament website.