This series consists of precedents from Home Office files arranged in large bound volumes according to subject.
Noters maintained precedent registers on the basis of information passed from divisions. Divisions with a particular interest in precedent (eg. dealing with royalty; special compilations of Home Office papers for major royal events are included) are therefore over-represented but the registers as a whole act as a subject index to Home Office papers, and most subjects dealt with by the Home Office are covered (including four books on the First World War).
The original series were known as "A" notebooks and only one of these has survived. These were succeeded at the turn of the century by "N" books, a number of which were lost during the Second World War. In 1948 the "N" books were succeeded by "V" books.
"Clips" are supplementary precedent notes. They are called clips because they were originally filed in clip binders and these are the references given to them by Noters. The clips were transferred to files for the purpose of transfer to the PRO.
From 1984 precedents have been recorded on microfiche.