The second revision was completed in 1983. The first order of business was to reissue new and changed pages from the 1979 edition. The commission then made over 300 changes to the existing text, adding new material and correcting various errors. The commission also made a number of major changes to the parliamentary procedures, including:
In the first round, the subcommittee on legal citations and case law drafted many significant changes. The subcommittee on internal layout made new pages and changed page margins. The subcommittee on substantive review added new material on the use of affidavits in parliamentary debate, introduced amendments, and changed procedure to reduce the use of roll-call votes. The subcommittee on revision drafted a new index, which was later approved by the entire commission.
The sixth revision of the manual was completed in 2010, and the seventh in 2012. The commission has continued to seek input from members of the House of Commons and from the other legislatures. It conducted a review of all the other parliamentary manuals to identify what should be included in this eighth revision.
The commission sent the revised manual to the Council of the American Bar Association for review and comment. The council responded in January 1981, and the ABA Standards Committee on Parliamentary Procedure issued a report in April.
The 1972 report was not notable in any other respect. It had a negligible impact on parliamentary practice, and it had little impact on the development of parliamentary procedure. Its effects were limited to the growth of a few outdated citations in the House Manual.
The commission met regularly to review and make changes to the draft manual. A comprehensive review of the Fourth Draft was made in January of 1983. Subcommittees were again created to provide an in-depth review of the sections assigned to them. The commission continued its painstaking review until it reached a final version of The House of Commons Procedure Manual. The commission then conducted further study on the changes that had been made. A new edition of The House of Commons Procedure Manual was published in October of 1983. The Fourth Revision, as it is known, also introduced a new section numbering system. A significant departure from the previous numbering system was the use of Roman numerals (I, II, III, etc.) in addition to Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) in certain situations. 827ec27edc