Hansard Law and Legal Definition

Hansard refers to printed transcripts of parliamentary debates that take place inthe Westminster system of government. The name is taken from Thomas Curson Hansard, an early printer and publisher of such transcripts. The transcripts aren't verbatim records, but rather, a report of the proceedings. However, they are treated as official records and any corrections must be requested to be entered in the Hansard kept in the House of Commons library. Hansard also records how members have voted in divisions. Proceedings and debates in committees are kept in separate volumes.