Letter from Martin Linton MP to the Chairman
of the Committee
I have two comments to make in response to the
Consultation Paper 440.
Paragraph 34: I think it should be made clear
that Select Committee have the right to question ministers in
advance about issues that are coming up at European Council Meetingsas
already happens in some European countries. One could addto
question ministers in advance of European Council Meetings.
Paragraph 53: We had a discussion in the Administration
Committee on Paper ADM3030 about the need for a graphics department
or a graphics consultant to advise on House of Commons stationery
including the over-printing facilities.
I think it is anomalous that an organisation
of this size does not have any graphics department or consultant
and this no doubt explains the very poor design of many House
of Commons publications, eg the Demand Form for Sessional Printed
Paper, as well as Select Committee Reports. Many publications
such as the Whip and the Order of Questions still reflect the
rudimentary layouts that were adopted by printers in the age of
typewriters and hot-metal and should be consigned to a museum
I suggest that this recommendation should apply
to all House of Commons publications.
20 February 2002