Laid or laying (before Parliament)

Some documents are required to be presented first to Parliament when they are ready for publication. These include most statutory instruments, House Papers and Command Papers as well as the reports of certain statutory bodies. The papers are received in the Journal Office and reported to the Commons in the daily Votes and Proceedings (and to the Lords in their daily Minutes), after which they are said to have been 'Laid on the Table of the House', though they are not actually placed on the Table.

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