19. We recommend that a dedicated corrections
page be introduced in the Official Report (Hansard). It should
be used for all corrections to inadvertent errors of fact made
by Ministers and other Members who provide information to the
House in an official capacity. Very minor corrections which do
not alter the meaning of the original text may continue to be
made editorially by Hansard. The corrections page should have
its own column numbering and suffix.
20. This procedure should replace the use of letters
placed in the Library, pursuant answers, 'inspired' questions
and written ministerial statements. As with written ministerial
statements, all corrections must be made in the name of a Minister
(or other Member, as appropriate).
21. The corrections page should be used for corrections
to errors made in the Chamber, in Westminster Hall and in general
committees, where there is no opportunity to correct them during
the proceedings of that committee.
22. Corrections should be published at the earliest
23. The Member who asked the question or made
the speech or intervention which gave rise to the error should
be informed of the correction before it is published.
24. Each correction should be free-standing. It
should set out what the original error was, in what circumstances
it was made (e.g. in reply to a written question), and how it
is being corrected. There should be a clear cross-reference to
the error itself. It should not be used to provide new information
or to continue an argument. The Table Office should check all
corrections before publication for compliance with these rules
(which are set out in more detail in paragraphs 12 and 13 above).
25. As well as cross-references from the correction
to the error, there should be, wherever possible, cross-references
from the error to the correction. These should be by hyperlink
in the electronic version.
26. This procedure should be introduced from the
start of the 2007-08 parliamentary session.