Sessional Papers are papers presented to Parliament. Before 1921 almost all important government documents were presented to Parliament for their consideration. Beginning in 1921, only documents considered directly relevant to impending legislation have been presented.
Sessional papers include the following document types:
Many papers in groups 3 and 4 are Command Papers, so-called because they are presented to Parliament by "royal command" rather than as a result of an Act of Parliament. Each sessional paper bears a number, printed in the lower lefthand corner of the title page. All papers except Command Papers begin a new series of numbers each session. University of Georgia Libraries's collection of Sessional Papers is described below. Command Papers are treated separately.