§ MR. J. BRIGG (York, W. R., Keighley)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the inquiry he promised to make early in the Session as to the practicability of issuing a new index to the Acts of Parliament prior to 1800, as also of those passed in the years 1800 to 1865 has been held; and, if so, will he give orders to the officials concerned 690 to make the necessary preparations for carrying out the work as soon as possible?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
I have inquired into this matter, and, so far as I am able to judge, the index would not be of such interest or utility to the general public as would justify the expenditure which its issue would involve. But, if I should receive any recommendation from the Statute Law Revision Committee on this subject, of course I will further consider it.