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The official report of the proceedings and debates of a legislature in the Commonwealth of Nations, especially of the British or Canadian parliament.

[After Luke Hansard (1752-1828), British printer.]


1. (Parliamentary Procedure) the official report of the proceedings of the British Parliament
2. (Parliamentary Procedure) a similar report kept by other legislative bodies
[C19: named after T.C. Hansard (1752–1828) and his son, who compiled the reports until 1889]


(ˈhæn sərd)

the official published report of the debates and proceedings in the British Parliament or similar legislative bodies.
[after Luke Hansard (1752–1828) and his descendants, who compiled the reports until 1889]
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Noun1.Hansard - the official published verbatim report of the proceedings of a parliamentary body; originally of the British Parliament; "the Canadian Hansard is published in both English and French"
minutes, transactions, proceedings - a written account of what transpired at a meeting


nder Hansard, die britischen Parlamentsberichte
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As producers of the official transcripts of parliamentary debates, Canada's Hansards are responsible for ensuring parliamentarians and Canadians have a fair and accurate report of what happened on any given day on the floor of a legislature.
CPR: Are there many differences among the Hansards in jurisdictions across Canada?
There are 10 provincial Hansards, three territorial Hansards and then the House of Commons and the Senate in Ottawa.
A proportion of these transcription services will be provided directly by the Official Report (Hansard) services in each House (the two Hansards carry out all the transcription services for the various forms of plenary sitting in each House).
When a male legislator tabled the Domestic Violence Bill 2009, most noticeably from the hansards surveyed, women Members of Parliament impressed on the parliament to recognise that violence against women and girls was a common problem, which exists in many communities in the country.
It was discovered from the data gathered from scanning through sampled hansards and interviews, that women in the parliament collectively condemned it as a practice, which violated the human rights of women and girls.
These were sometimes collected and published as the "Scrapbook Hansards.
Question: I would like you to search Hansard, policy papers, and committee Hansard for all discussion surrounding the Act X dating all the way back in time when the predecessor of this legislation was introduced which I believe was prior to 1900.
Topics discussed during the business sessions included enriching Hansard text through annotation, the role of social media in politics and how it can affect debates in the legislature, the degree to which various Hansards are verbatim, as well as a round up of what is happening in each jurisdiction.
Verbatim: A Novel, a book by Hansard manager Jeff Bursey, and set in a fictional legislature sometime in the 1990s, was released on October 1, 2010.
They were also accessible only to the few who owned the bound Hansards for those years.
Throughout the winter of 2010, with a break from early April to late May when the House was open, and into the spring and early summer, Hansard continued with four ongoing projects.