Select Committee on Procedure of the House Second Report



SECOND REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE OF THE HOUSE

TUESDAY 13 APRIL 1999

BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE on Procedure of the House

ORDERED TO REPORT:

FORMAT OF THE STATUTE LAW: REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP

  A working group of officials with responsibilities for legislation was set up in 1998 to consider changes in the format of bills and Acts of Parliament. The Group's report is available in the Printed Paper Office.

  The case for change arises out of two main factors: (a) new technology, including the Internet on which all bills and Acts are now published; and (b) the Inland Revenue Tax Law Rewrite Project, which both Houses have endorsed in order to make tax law easier to understand.

  The Procedure Committee agrees to the recommendations of the working group. The principal changes proposed are:

    —  a new format for clauses, with bold clause titles instead of side notes;

    —  Schedules in the same type size as clauses;

    —  more informative headers at the top of each page;

    —  some left alignment of internal headings, especially in Schedules;

    —  new format for Repeal Schedules.

  A sample of the new format is annexed to this report (see following pages).

  The Committee also considered a number of additional changes proposed by Lord Howe of Aberavon, chairman of the Tax Law Rewrite Project's Steering Committee. Generally the Committee preferred the original recommendations of the working group, but agreed improved layout of indentations and a modification to the style of Part, Chapter and Schedule headings which should be printed in bold type.

  The working group's recommendations are also to be considered by the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons. If changes to the format of the statute law are then approved by both Houses, it is the intention that they should take effect from the beginning of session 2000-01.


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