Parliamentary Counsel’s role in clearing the notes
13 Before notes are sent to Parliamentary Counsel they must be:
14 cleared internally, including by the departmental instructing lawyers;
15 proof-read within the department (to pick up spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes and consistency points).
16 Counsel will, in particular, consider:
· Whether the notes attempt to ‘sell’ the bill (see paragraph 11.37);
· Whether the notes reveal any misunderstanding between the drafter and the department;
· Whether they misrepresent the effect or purpose of any provisions in the bill or offer unhelpful explanations;
· Whether what the notes say about the financial implications of the bill is consistent with what Counsel has been told for the purposes of any financial resolutions.
· Checking the grammar and spelling of the notes;
· Rewriting the notes or making drafting comments;
· Offering suggested changes to the text of the notes merely because, in Counsel’s view, the material could be fuller or better expressed;
· Checking the conformity of the notes with all aspects of this Guide;
· Checking the accuracy of the notes in every other detail (e.g. cross-references to provisions of the bill, consistent use in the notes of the right abbreviations).