(208)  Pantone 300 and the Saltire

Responding to a petition (PE512) from Mr George Reid, a retired accountant, the Education, Culture and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has recommended to the Justice Minister that the optimum shade of blue for the Scottish Saltire or St Andrews Cross flag be Pantone 300 (i.e. azure or sky blue): see its proceedings for 18 February 2003.  Committee Convener Karen Gillon said: We should not try to restrict what flags are flown at football or rugby matches or anywhere else but … we should accept that Pantone 300 is the correct colour of azure blue for the saltire. Our proposal will be a voluntary code and will not be statutory. People will still be free to keep the flags that they have and will not need to throw them in the bin.” (col 3466)