Fourth Report from the Select Committee
on Procedure of the House
TUESDAY 6 JULY 1999
1. FORMAT OF
At its meeting on 13 April the Procedure Committee
approved recommendations from a working group of officials for
changes in the format of bills and Acts of Parliament. A sample
of the new format was appended to the Committee's second report
(1998-99 HL Paper 52).
The Commons Modernisation Committee also considered
the proposed changes and agreed to all but one of them, namely
the typeface. Whereas the Procedure Committee endorsed the working
group's recommendation of Times New Roman, the Modernisation Committee
preferred Palatino, which is a larger typeface. Accordingly, the
Procedure Committee reconsidered its earlier decision and now
recommends a typeface similar to Palatino but one which is more
generally available on Windows-based personal computers, namely
Book Antiqua. This typeface has also been agreed by the Modernisation
A sample of the new format in the revised typeface
is appended to this report.
It is proposed that the new format should take
effect from the beginning of session 2000-01.
2. LONG WRITTEN
The Committee recommends that extremely long
answers to written questions, usually in the form of lists or
tables, should not be printed in Hansard. There should be a limit
of two columns of print for answers to written questions. Answers
to questions requiring more than two columns in Hansard should
use the formula "The information has been placed in the Library
of the House".