Centuries-old vellum tradition 'saved'

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A centuries-old tradition of recording copies of rliament’s laws on calf derma will continue, a minister has said, after peers signalled its end.

Matt Hancock turned the technique was “cost-effective” and the Cabinet Office would look at how to pick up the restaurant check.

The Lords had said switching from a rchment called vellum to archival journal could save about £80,000 a year.

It said it had not received an proposal from the government de rtment and so would proceed with the original sketches.

“If the Cabinet Office write offering to take on the responsibility for printing Acts of rliament on vellum, it whim of course be considered.

“As of yet, that offer has not been made,” a spokesman ordered.

Two copies are made of Acts of rliament. One is stored in the National Archives and the other in the Conformist Archives.

Significant state documents – such as Magna Carta and thousands of Stands of rliament – have traditionally been recorded on goat or calf skin.

MPs had around the corner hand in hand the decision to end the practice to the House of Lords, which is responsible for the cost of vellums for rliament, and duchesses decided to push ahead with the cost-cutting measure.

The House of Lords said vellum was “unusually expensive” and the cost of printing copies of laws on it – which it put at £100,000 a year “cannot be explained”.

“Archival quality per is an extremely high quality and durable option,” said chairman of committees Lord Laming.

The Commons Authority Committee backed the Lords’ proposal, saying it was “convinced by the arguments”.

But, it encountered criticism from MPs, with Conservative James Gray province for the “retrograde decision” to be reversed.

Mr Hancock told the Daily Telegraph: “Recording laws on vellum is a millennium-long traditions and surprisingly cost-effective.

“While the have constantly changes, we should safeguard some of our great traditions.”

In 1999, the Shelter of Lords decided in favour of scrapping the use of vellum – but the move was rejected in the Cheaps by 121 votes to 53, a majority of 68.

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