The £80,000 a year ritual of printing British laws on calf-skin is "good value for money", argue Devon MPs, as Parliament opts to continue with the centuries-old tradition.

Earlier this year, the House of Lords called for the age-old practice of printing on vellum to be abandoned in favour of a more cost-effective method.

But defending the custom in the House of Commons, MPs stated it not only formed an important part of UK heritage, but could preserve documents for up to 5,000 years.

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