One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a preliminary report of government proposals that is published in order to provoke discussion.
- ‘The Government is finally expected to respond to the recommendations made in these reports when it publishes its Green Paper on Pensions next week.’
- ‘He was unable to specify a timeframe when they would report on their findings, but said once their work is complete the Government will produce a Green Paper.’
- ‘The proposals in the Green Paper will go out for consultation before forming the basis for the renewal of the BBC's charter in 2007.’
- ‘The Green Paper was published as a European Commission report revealed the British and Irish governments spend less on pensions than any other EU country.’
- ‘Members of CPRE Warwickshire were alarmed when the Government published its Green Paper on planning two years ago, describing it as no less than a thinly veiled come on to developers.’
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