UK govt intervenes in row over writing laws on animal skin

Vellum is durable, but costlyBritain’s government intervened Monday to try and save the tradition of printing all laws on vellum made of animal skin, which dates back beyond the Magna Carta but is under threat to cut costs. The House of Lords decided last week that the centuries-old practice would be scrapped and laws would be printed on paper instead of goatskin or sheepskin in a bid to save £80,000 (103,000 euros, $116,000) per year.

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