Queen may give E-commerce Bill a digital signature

Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Department of Trade and Industryhas put the suggesting to the Monarch and she was looking at theimplications of such a move.

Ministers are keen to pesuade her to do it, believing it would be a symbolic gesture towards the new electronic age showing the digital signatures have the same effect as putting pen to paper.

A Palace spokesman said: ‘The idea has been put to us. It is at anearly stage and no decision ahs been taken. It is not completelystraightforward and there are many implications to be considered.’

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