Select Committee on Procedure of the House Fourth Report


Fourth Report from the Select Committee on Procedure of the House


TUESDAY 6 JULY 1999



BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE OF THE HOUSE

ORDERED TO REPORT:

1.  FORMAT OF THE STATUTE LAW

  At its meeting on 13 April the Procedure Committee approved recommendations from a working group of officials for changes in the format of bills and Acts of Parliament. A sample of the new format was appended to the Committee's second report (1998-99 HL Paper 52).

  The Commons Modernisation Committee also considered the proposed changes and agreed to all but one of them, namely the typeface. Whereas the Procedure Committee endorsed the working group's recommendation of Times New Roman, the Modernisation Committee preferred Palatino, which is a larger typeface. Accordingly, the Procedure Committee reconsidered its earlier decision and now recommends a typeface similar to Palatino but one which is more generally available on Windows-based personal computers, namely Book Antiqua. This typeface has also been agreed by the Modernisation Committee.

  A sample of the new format in the revised typeface is appended to this report.

  It is proposed that the new format should take effect from the beginning of session 2000-01.

2.  LONG WRITTEN ANSWERS

  The Committee recommends that extremely long answers to written questions, usually in the form of lists or tables, should not be printed in Hansard. There should be a limit of two columns of print for answers to written questions. Answers to questions requiring more than two columns in Hansard should use the formula "The information has been placed in the Library of the House".


 
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