HC Deb 01 April 1998 vol 309 c590W
20. Helen Jackson

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to press for the greater use of plain language in European Commission documents during the United Kingdom presidency. [35822]

Dr. David Clark

Using plain language is important if the European Commission is going to communicate effectively with the citizens of Europe. British linguists in the Commission's translation service are holding a 'Fight the Fog' campaign to encourage the use of plain language by the Commission's authors and translators. The UK Government are fully supporting this work. Plain language is also vital in legislation so that citizens and business can know what is required of them. As Presidency, the UK is working with the Commission, European Parliament and other Member States on an initiative to improve the quality of drafting of EU rules.

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