Definition of Hansard in English:



  • The official record of debates in the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, or South African parliament.

    • ‘I am pleased that we have a Hansard that records these words, because in time I will be able to look back and say I was right.’
    • ‘The police admitted, however, that they had not read the record of the debate in Hansard.’
    • ‘Now Hansard will record this, and I am sure I am right because that is the point that I brought up originally.’
    • ‘In, I think, October of that year the Governor - and I also have the Hansards where the Governor states that, ‘I have caused the Bill’ - that he had caused the Bill to lay before the Queen in Council and had received the Royal Assent.’
    • ‘Emily, the library is piled to its eye-teeth with first-editions, Blake, Chaucer, Milton even Browning, but do you know, Gerald prefers bills of social reform and hundred year old Hansards oh yes and scientific reports.’
    • ‘If one looks at the Hansard, the parliamentary debates, and the legislation, it is all there.’
    • ‘I suggest he go back down his hole to his office, pick up his Hansard, and read some of the things he said but that he now contradicts in this House.’
    • ‘If you go back over the Hansard, you will find that is the truth.’
    • ‘Why then, Prime Minister, has the Attorney-General placed the following answer in the Hansard today?’
    • ‘Looking at more recent Hansards, I see nothing has changed…’
    • ‘‘To be an MP today it helps if you're not supremely boring but really you speak only to be recorded in Hansards, as part of your party's record,’ he says.’
    • ‘To help the Minister I want to table right now the Hansard of 6 March, so that he can be informed as to what his predecessor said.’
    • ‘I ask you to get your Hansard and have a look at your ruling.’
    • ‘If this sounds like a contradiction, one need only refer to a Hansard of any time in the nineteenth century to realise how different are the routines of today.’
    • ‘I am holding the Hansard from last week's questioning of the Minister.’
    • ‘The member may have, but the Hansard that was read out today by my fellow MP Mr Ron Mark states something different.’
    • ‘The Canadian provincial Hansards don't seem to have any examples of ‘narrative eh ", either because there aren't enough examples of the right sort of narrative, or because ‘narrative eh " is too stigmatized for use in such a context.’
    • ‘The following day all was revealed when McGinty read his second reading speech into the Hansard.’
    • ‘For a lesson on dogged determination and persistence in pursuing Ministers, it would do the Labor leadership well to read the Hansards of the time of the fall of Rex Connor and their other former fallen colleagues of that period.’
    • ‘Mr Bosomworth added that according to Hansard, the Commons official record, Mrs Beckett had got her facts wrong.’


Late 19th century: named after Thomas C. Hansard (1776–1833), an English printer whose company originally printed it.