Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


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 Meetings—as already happens in some European countries. One could add—to 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 of typography.

  I suggest that this recommendation should apply to all House of Commons publications.

20 February 2002

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