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Correcting the record

Inquiry

The rules under which Ministers correct the record stem from a Procedure Committee report approved by the House in 2007. The report streamlined options for Ministers to correct inaccurate information provided to the Commons in order to improve the clarity and visibility of corrections.

Fifteen years on, there has been a significant transformation in how Parliamentary information is published and communicated. A shift to same-day publication online of Hansard and improvements in the House’s online video coverage raises expectations in terms of the availability and transparency of information and corrections relating to proceedings. Information about what is said in Parliament is now available more quickly and widely than ever before.

Following the Committee’s previous work on the subject, this inquiry will review the current system by which Ministers and backbench Members correct the parliamentary record, including whether arrangements allow them to provide information to Parliament efficiently and clearly.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Monday 14 November 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fourth Report - Correcting the record
Inquiry Correcting the record
HC 521
Report
Response to this report
Letter from the Leader of the House, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP relating to the Committee's Correcting the Record report (Fourth Report of Session 2022-23), dated 20 July 2023.
Correspondence
Response to this report
Letter from Full Fact relating to the Committee's Correcting the Record report (Fourth Report of Session 2022-23), dated 17 July 2023
Correspondence

Oral evidence transcripts

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30 January 2023
Inquiry Correcting the record
Witnesses House of Commons, and House of Commons
Oral Evidence
23 November 2022
Inquiry Correcting the record
Witnesses Esther Webber (Senior UK correspondent at Politico Europe), Henry Dyer (Investigations reporter at The Guardian), and Robert Hutton (Parliamentary sketch writer at The Critic)
Oral Evidence
19 October 2022
Inquiry Correcting the record
Witnesses Institute for Government, and Full Fact
Oral Evidence
Caroline Lucas MP (CTR0010)
Committee on Standards in Public Life (CTR0009)
Professor Meg Russell (Director at Constitution Unit, University College London) (CTR0008)

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  • Address: Procedure Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA