Definition of ‘Substantially Verbatim’
Announcement by the Presiding Officer in the Business Bulletin, 19 May 1999
Rule 16.2 of the standing orders states:
‘The Parliamentary corporation shall ensure that a substantially verbatim report of the proceedings at each meeting of the Parliament is prepared. It shall be known as the Scottish Parliament Official Report.’
To assist members, the Presiding Officer wishes to announce that “substantially verbatim” means that, in the Official Report, repetitions and redundancies should be omitted and obvious mistakes should be corrected while maintaining the flavour of the speech. Inevitably, some editorial judgment has to be exercised; for example, the speaker’s tone of voice or use of physical gesture may add to or even contradict what he or she is saying, and this must somehow be communicated in the written text.