This guidance will help government organisations to understand the process of producing parliamentary papers, including Command and House of Commons Papers.

It explains the distinctions between the different types of papers, their significance in the parliamentary process and where to go for further advice and support.

This guidance is also available in Parliamentary papers guidance and Copyright and re-use statements in parliamentary papers.

Parliamentary papers guidance (PDF, 0.35Mb)

Copyright and re-use statements (PDF, 0.11Mb)

The role of The National Archives

The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, an official operating within The National Archives, is responsible under a Letters Patent from Her Majesty The Queen for managing copyright on behalf of the Crown.

The Letters Patent also confer upon the Controller the title of Queen's Printer. The Queen's Printer is responsible for setting the standards and overseeing the publication of certain government documents. These publications are:

  • legislation
  • statutory notices
  • parliamentary papers, including Command and House of Commons Papers

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