Skin in the Game

Parliament has ditched its decision to save £80,000 a year by switching to paper from vellum to print all future UK legislation.

Vellum, made from animal skins, ideally from a stillborn calf, is the medium on which Magna Carta and all other legislation has been inscribed.

Purists say that only calfskin is vellum while material from other animal skins, such as deer, sheep or goat, is parchment.

It is claimed by its sole manufacturer that vellum will last for up to 5,000 years.

SourceThe Times, 16th February 2016.

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