§ MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON (Shropshire, Oswestry)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If he will state the number of Bills introduced into the House of Commons by Private Members during the last six years, and the number of such Bills which have been passed into law?
§ THE SECRETARY (Mr. JACKSON) (Leeds, N.)
, in reply, said, the total number of Private Members' Bills between 1881 and 1886, inclusive, was 825, while the number of the se Bills which received the Royal Assent was 117.
§ MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON
In consequence of the answer just given, Mr. Speaker, I bog to give Notice on an early day to call attention to the increasing number of Bills introduced by Private Members for the purpose of ventilating their own particular crotchets, to the unscientific drafting of such Bills, and to the waste of the public money and time in printing and discussing them;and to move—That provision ought no longer to be made in the Estimates for the printing and publication of Private Members' Bills.