One of Norwich’s lesser-known notable children, Luke Hansard was a writer who revolutionised the recording of Parliamentary debate.
He printed the Journals of the House of Commons from 1774 till his death. The promptitude and accuracy with which Hansard printed parliamentary papers were often of the greatest service to government, and often saw papers drafted and then presented at the Commons with a remarkably speedy turnaround.
The Hansard is still used in a largely unchanged format since its debut in 1774, though now, of course, it’s largely digitised.
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