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May 17 2010, 20:59:13 House of Commons Committee meeting held 1697

Please call you tell me how I would access the minutes of a committee meeting held in the Speakers Chamber on 27th January 1693 at 4.00pm in the afternoon. Present along with members of Parliament for Yorkshire was the Queen Dowager's Counsel and a Francis Calvert. The subject was Cattle Tolls over the river at Burrow Bridge (Burrow Bridge Cattle Tolls).

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May 29, 2010 15:02:37

Unfortunately all but 230 or so records of the House of Commons were destroyed in the fire that burned down Westminster Palace in 1834, so the original minutes are highly unlikely to have survived. However, most of the Commons records that did survive were Journals of the House, ie. the official record of business in the House, and it is possible that record of this meeting will have survived in the relevant volume. I daresay you've tried this already, though. Your only other options would be to search the catalogue of the Parliamentary Archives, Portcullis, for details of the records you're after, or alternatively contact the Archives with your enquiry.

May 29, 2010 15:06:16

Unfortunately it's highly unlikely that any minutes of this meeting will have survived, because only roughly 230 records of the House of Commons survived the fire that burned down Westminster Palace in 1834, and most of these records are Journals of the House. It's more than likely that a record of the meeting taking place will be given in the relevant Journal volume, but I daresay you know that already. Your only options, I think, would be either to search Portcullis, the Parliamentary Archives online catalogue, or contact the Archives directly with your enquiry.

Hope this helps.

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