Papers, Reports and Petitions

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What are Papers?

The Legislative Assembly publishes Papers

  • Annual reports of government departments or other bodies and agencies.
  • Periodic reports of certain activities or programmes (eg, Reports of Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons).
  • Reports by the Office of the Auditor General
  • Estimates, accounts and other government financial papers such as the Budget.

What are Reports?

The Legislative Assembly publishes Reports that result from their work and that of their committees, such as:

  • Votes and Proceedings - the formal, authoritative record of the decisions taken by the House.
  • Committee reports and evidence.
  • Register of Members' interests.
  • Standing Orders - the rules for conducting business in the House.

What are Petitions?

Petitioning is a formal process involving sending a written appeal to an MLA, following a set format, which is then presented to the Legislative Assembly by the MLA. The text of the petition is published in Hansard.