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LSBU Harvard Referencing: Government Inquiry

Best Practice tips

Reports known by their title rather than by the Department or the author.

Major papers are known by the name of the chair of the committee which produced them, for example, The Hutton Report. However, they must be referenced from the exact information within the publication, even if lengthy.

You can refer to these documents by their popular title in your work, but they must be referenced correctly as per this guide. E.g. The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (Macpherson, 1999) state that …

The in-text citation then points to the full reference in your Reference List.

Format of the reference

You will need:

  • Name of the author(s) 
  • Year of publication, or year the page was last updated
  • Title of the inquiry
  • Parliamentary or Command Paper number
  • Web address
  • Date accessed



Author’s surname, Initials. (Year of publication) Title of inquiry (Parliamentary or Command Paper number). Available from: [Accessed day month year].


Leveson, Lord (2012) An inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press (HC 780). Available from: [Accessed 27 January 2021].

In-text citation: (Leveson, 2012)

Inquiry reference



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