It’s really great to hear that the UK Government believe that Open Standard in ICT must be Royalty-Free, not simply Random and Non-Discriminatory (I cannot quite get my finger to type ‘F’, ‘A’, ‘I’ and ‘R’ as Mr Moody did in the original article).
Unfortunately, all these talk in Parliament, however great, have this problem of failing at the first hurdle where it really matter, i.e., when it comes to the actual procurement. Lobbying by big companies will have it watered down publicly if possible, or do quietly if not.
Strictly speaking, it is actually a watered-down version. Under this definition, OOXML would had qualified, eventhough so far, only the vendor who proposed it is using it. All its friends during the standardization process appears to had deserted the OASIS committee.
However, credit must be given where credit is due, even though I think it is just lip service.