The government has denied it is avoiding public scrutiny by moving Hansard – the official record of business in the House of Commons and the Lords – from a printed and web based service to a text only subscriber model.
‘Government policy is now decided on WhatsApp, pitches for government funds are made via text and public sector contracts are awarded on Social Media so now is the time to port the official reports away from expensive paper forms. Anyone can get Hansard delivered to their phones, texts cost ten pence each, approximately eleven thousand texts a day, please ask the phone owner’s permission before signing up to the service,’ a government spokesman said today.
A Hansard spokesman confirmed the change. ‘Nobody likes change I guess,’ he said, clearly not pleased with the policy, ‘but at least adding LOL after the Prime Ministers statements won’t seem so unusual now.’