First British Parliament Speech Delivered on iPad
Apple iPad makes British Parliament history, MP delivers first ever non-printed speech.
iPad First British Parliament Speech
At a recent debate on Budget, Labour MP (Member of Parliament) Kerry McCarthy became the first British Parliament lawmaker to deliver a Commons speech using an iPad (looks like iPad 3G). Mirror reported:
“Her ground-breaking use of the iPad in the Chamber was accidental, caused by repeated editing of her speech as the debate progressed.”
Devices no larger than “a sheet of A4 paper” (210 × 297 MM or 8.27 × 11.69 inches) are allowed in the Chamber.
iPad did cause ’some difficulties’ though. The iPad ‘problem’ comes when it comes to submitting the speech to be included in the Hansard, the official record of proceedings.
Ms McCarthy said: “Hansard want my iPad!” She provided Hansard with a paper copy of a “rough draft” of the speech she delivered [instead].
iPad must be too desirable. That’s one nice problem to have, as demonstrated by the long London Regent Street Apple Store iPad 2 line. Last fall, UK Prime Minister David Cameron reveals he’s an iPhone + iPad + Angry Birds Fan.
iPad is saving governments and offices around the world countless amount of time and money, by saving paper (and trees), printing tine, and document collation time.