Guidance: UK Parliament – deposited papers

1. Deposited Papers are documents that are placed in the House of Commons or House of Lords Library, usually by a government minister.

2. They are described as “a convenient way for the government to make information available without publishing it formally.”1‘Deposited Papers’, accessed 9 January 2023 

3. They are different to and separate from those parliamentary papers that are formally ‘laid before Parliament’.

Access to deposited papers

4. Digital copies of Deposited Papers from 2007 onwards can be found in the Deposited Papers online. Deposited Papers database (1987 onwards)

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