Memorandum by Her Majesty's Stationery Office
OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES (ASSIGNMENT,
FORFEITURE, BANKRUPTCY ETC.) REGULATIONS 1997 (S.I. 1997
This memorandum is submitted in response to the request to
explain why the above instrument was printed double-fold, as
distinct from the usual single-fold, thereby producing a blank
page and increasing the cover price.
There are two separate reasons why the style of the final
version differed from that usually adopted:
1. Page Content
When the original proof was produced the need to apply logical
page breaks between the individual Regulations resulted in the
main text extending to well over three pages. This meant there
was insufficient space to accommodate both the Explanatory Note
and the printing and publishing details at the foot of page 4
so the former appeared by itself on page 5, with a standard back
page - inclusive of the heading - as the reverse.
When the instrument was returned for printing the equivalent
of four lines of text on page 1 had been deleted. When this change
was incorporated it allowed Paragraph 1(3) to commence on page
1, resulting in further spacing adjustments throughout the following
two pages. The new layout meant it was now possible to accommodate
the entire text in three pages.
Although the correct course would then have been to reposition
the Explanatory Note and the publisher's details on page 4, the
printer mistakenly believed that the layout for the final page
(by that stage proofed and approved) had also to be incorporated.
This misunderstanding resulted in the Explanatory Note being moved
from page 5 to page 4, with the original (by now redundant) layout
for page 6 retained.
It is most unlikely that this problem would have arisen had
one of The Stationery Office's normal contractors been used for
production as they are aware that the layout appearing on page
6 of the instrument is no more than a device adopted to utilise
otherwise blank space. However, this S.I. was produced (to an
accelerated timetable) in the period immediately before Parliament
was dissolved, when the volume of material required to be printed
had resulted in additional printers, less familiar with the conventions
concerned, being pressed into service.
It is normal for six-page S.I.s to be produced with the middle
two pages as a single leaf, stapled within the outside four-page
section. The result conforms to a standard book format with no
ambiguity as to the sequence of pages.
The style adopted in error on this occasion is one that is
frequently encountered in other contexts and has the benefit
of being quicker and cheaper to produce, as no inserting and stitching
processes are involved. The printer (who, as has already been
explained, was not regularly allocated S.I. work) adopted this
layout, partly to meet the urgent programme required but also
because the work would then be undertaken by the most economical
method. In other circumstances, the changed format - although
unorthodox - would not have resulted in a price penalty to the
We are sorry that a number of inconsistencies arose during
the production of this S.I. There is no doubt that these problems
would not have been encountered had the instrument been assigned
to one of The Stationery Office Limited's usual contractors.
Although it is most unlikely that similar pressures will be experienced
in the foreseeable future, we have arranged for. The Stationery
Office to produce comprehensive guidelines on the style and format
to accompany any further S.I.s which need to be sent outside of
their normal range of suppliers.
16th June 1997