This is unique. Hansard, the official record of Parliament in England, will now be offering corrections to the record for errors made by ministers. From a Press Association report (not online):
Hansard, the Official Record of Parliament, is to have a dedicated corrections column for ministerial slip-ups, Commons leader Jack Straw announced today.
The measure was recommended by the Commons' procedure committee and will initially apply only to Commons Hansard, but authorities in the Lords may decide to follow suit.
The corrections will appear in both the hard copy and online version.
Outlining the move to MPs, Mr Straw said: ``It is not satisfactory, it is not satisfactory for the ministers concerned either, that corrections to the record are scattered through Hansard or to be found in the library, for those who can scurry through letters there.
"The proposal is for a dedicated section of Hansard for corrections by ministers in respect of any proceedings whether they are oral or written which take place in this House and cross-referencing with the original error."
The innovation is expected to come into force in the next session.
Mr Straw was responding to Tory Greg Knight (Yorkshire E) who protested: ``A number of ministers who inadvertently mislead the House still adhere to the obscure and unsatisfactory practice of putting a correcting letter in the library - which of course nobody sees.''
Hansard, a Commons department independent of the Government and Civil Service, produces edited verbatim report of proceedings in both Houses...