On Monday, August 6, 2018 at 8:27:41 AM UTC-4, Madrigal
On Monday, 6 August 2018 12:50:31 UTC+1, Peter T. Daniels
Post by Peter T. Daniels
I'm trying to find the text of the 1948 bill introduced to
Parliament by Mont (actually Montefiore) Follick on spelling
reform. Hansard has an amazing web site -- it instantly shows
you every "speech" by whichever MP you ask it for, sorted by
date and indexed by topic -- Follick seems to have been quite
good at wasting the House's time -- but it doesn't give the
texts of the bills. Where might I find it? Thank you.
It was 1949. There is a copy in the Parliamentary Archive but
it would require a personal visit to access it unfortunately.
You should have thought of it when you were over here!
In his 1952 "speeches" on simplifying spelling as part of the
Navy Orders, he claimed to have introduced it on March 11, 1948,
and I found a reference to a "second reading" in 1949.
If you want one badly enough to pay for it you can order copies
Search 'spelling reform' with the date 1949 in the catalogue.
That took me to the same Hansard pages. This is the relevant
text: SPELLING REFORM BILL HC Deb 28 January 1949 vol 460 c1242
1242 § "to set up a committee to introduce a rational system of
spelling with a view to making English a world-language and to
eliminate unnecessary drudgery and waste of time at school,"
presented by Mr. Follick; supported by Mr. W. J. Brown, Mr.
Pitman, Sir Patrick Hannon, Mr. Rankin, Mr. Proctor, Colonel
Stoddart-Scott, Mr. McAllister, Mr. Odey, Mr. Delargy, Mr. John
E. Haire and Mr. Morley; read the First time; to be read a Second
time upon Friday, 11 th March, and to be printed. [Bill 54.]
Is that the actual text of the bill? Or was it to be part of the
legislation to specify what "a rational system of spelling" might
be the entirety of the bill. Any actual concrete reform would have
of its deliberations, presumably.