(in the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand or South African parliaments) the official written record of everything that is said in the parliament Culture Hansard is the informal name for the Official Report of everything that is said in the British parliament, and in its committees. It is published every day. The name is also used for the reports of some other parliaments. It is named after Thomas C. Hansard (1776-1833), who was the first official printer to the British parliament. Since 1909, every word has been printed as it was spoken in the House of Commons. Word Origin late 19th cent.: named after Thomas C. Hansard (1776–1833), an English printer whose company originally printed it.