Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Hansard, the name of a family of printers celebrated through their connection with the Houses of Parliament. Luke Hansard (1752-1828), a native of Norwich, became printer to the House of Commons in 1798. The publication of the parliamentary debates was undertaken by his son, and remained in the hands of the family until 1889. "Hansard" is recognised as the standard authority on the proceedings of both Houses, and is often appealed to by peers and members of Parliament themselves. The public company entitled the Hansard Publishing Union was incorporated in 1889, but was in liquidation in 1892.