The Commons journal is the permanent, authentic record of the proceedings of the House.
It is published yearly and each volume contains a full report of the votes and proceedings which have taken place during one session.
It does not contain word for word reports of speeches and debates. These are contained in the official report, also known as Hansard.
The journal also lists all reports, papers and statutory instruments laid in the House.
It is compiled by Clerks in the Journal Office from the minute book kept by the Clerks at the table.
The earliest journal still in existence covers the Parliament of 1547.