COLONEL LLOYD ANSTEUTHER (Suffolk, Woodbridge)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, having regard to the very considerable public interest taken in the matter, he will arrange that the proceedings of the "Currency Commission," of which Lord Herschell is Chairman, be public, and that it do not sit with closed doors, as was the case when Mr. Arthur Balfour was Chairman of the Commission; and, whether he will arrange that the proceedings of the Commission, with the evidence already taken before it, be printed and circulated?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
The proceedings of Royal Commissions are invariably conducted in private, and it would be contrary to precedent to admit the public The accommodation at the disposal of the Commission would, moreover, be inadequate for such a purpose. I understand that the Commission purpose, at an early date, to make an interim Report to Her Majesty of their proceedings.