HC Deb 28 June 1831 vol 4 c455
Mr. Hume

recalled to the recollection of the House the Committee which last Session had been appointed to inquire into the Patent of the King's Printer. That Committee he wished to have re-appointed, with this addition to their instructions: that they should ascertain in what manner the drawback affected the price of the article produced. He moved "that a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into the nature and extent of the Patents of the King's Printers in England, Scotland, and Ireland, the authority under which they have acted, and now act, and how far they have been beneficial to the Government or to the country, and whether proper to be continued; also, to ascertain the effect of any drawback now allowed on paper used by the King's Printers or in the Universities; also, to inquire whether the printing for both Houses of Parliament can be effected with greater economy; and to report their observations and opinions thereupon, together with the minutes of evidence taken before them to the House." Committee appointed.