There is a new advanced search on the parliament website. The new advanced search arranges results by relevancy (this is in line with simple search) with an option to reorder by date. Another key change is the introduction of stop words: if your search includes a commonly used word like ‘a’ or ‘and’ these will now not be included in the search. Finally, the performance should be improved by removing the default reverse chronological ordering from the results. Returning results in reverse chronological order was an added step to processing search.

If these changes are successful we will be looking at improving the layout of the advanced search screen and adding the Google search widget to the results page.