This is a story about cruel Tories continuing to inflict harm on animals in whatever mean-spirited ways they can. It has nothing to do with tradition.
Recording laws on archival paper rather than vellum (which is made of goat- and calfskin) will save around £80,000 every year, and the House of Lords has indicated a desire to do so.
But Cabinet Office minister and utter swine Matthew Hancock has said the government will continue to use animal skins.
This is not about respect for tradition – Tories haven’t respected any other traditions that got in the way of their cuts and profiteering.
This is about continuing a practice of cruelty to animals, for the sake of it.
The 1,000-year-old practice of recording laws on goat and calf skin will continue, a minister has said, days after the House of Lords signalled that the tradition would end.
Peers said printing two copies of each act of parliament, one for the parliamentary archives and one for the National Archives, on parchment known as vellum was “extremely expensive”.
A switch to archival paper, which can survive for up to 500 years, had been expected to save around £80,000 a year.
But Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said the technique was “cost-effective”.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “Recording laws on vellum is a millennium-long traditions and surprisingly cost-effective. While the world constantly changes, we should safeguard some of our great traditions.”
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