This module within ProQuest U.K. Parliamentary Papers includes the House of Lords sessional papers, in searchable PDF, from 1714 through 1910. The collection encompasses a wide array of social, political, economic, and foreign policy documents, providing evidence of committees and commissions during a time when the Lords in the U.K. wielded considerable power. The collection also includes many bills which originated and were subsequently rejected by the Lords – rich indicators of the direction and interests of the Lords that have been largely lost to researchers.
The inclusion of the final version of bills passing from Commons to the Lords also sheds light on edits and revisions taken by the Lords in the last stages of the legislative process, and, in some cases, reveals previously unknown material such as statistical data, oral evidence, and letters and business papers relating not only to Britain but also to the many parts of the world that were under British influence during that time.