Newfoundland and Labrador
Hansard is the official transcript of the proceedings of the House of Assembly, its Committees and the House of Assembly Management Commission. The electronic versions below are provided for information only. The printed versions are the official record.
An archived webcast of proceedings is usually available within 1 hour of the House rising for the day.
Hansard is named after Thomas Hansard, a publisher of the report of debates of the U.K. Parliament in the early 19th Century. It records what is said in the House by the Member who has been recognized by the Speaker. Only those interjections responded to by the Member who has the floor at that time, or that are otherwise referenced by the Speaker or Chair, are included in Hansard. The Hansard document is essentially a verbatim transcript, with editing limited to ensuring proper grammar, spelling and punctuation, observing parliamentary forms, and minimizing repetition and redundancy.
Oral Questions are available in their partially edited format as soon as that portion of the transcription is complete, usually within an hour after question period ends.
Following an afternoon sitting of the House, an average of three hours of partially edited transcript is available online by approximately 7:00 p.m. on the same sitting day. It is replaced by the complete/edited version of the sitting as they are completed. A PDF version is also posted at this time.
The Hansards for evening sittings are completed when the House of Assembly is not in Session. These documents are available on the House of Assembly website as they are completed.
For research or to use the Hansard index, please contact the Legislative Library.