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Official Spelling

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that all official (a) correspondence, (b) reports and (c) documentation from his office uses the English spelling of words where this differs from the US version. [118868]

The Cabinet Office has issued guidance for Departments on the handling of ministerial and other correspondence, which emphasises that appropriate arrangements should be in place to ensure that the quality of all replies is high. It has also issued guidance on plain written English.Departmental publications are prepared in line with the Guidance on the Work of the Government Information and Communication Service.