SECOND REPORT FROM THE
SELECT COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE OF THE HOUSE
TUESDAY 13 APRIL 1999
on Procedure of the House
FORMAT OF THE STATUTE LAW: REPORT OF THE WORKING
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
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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