§ MR. HUBERT DUNCOMBE (Cumberland, Egremont)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he has observed that the printing and reprinting of the Public Health (Scotland) Bill has already occupied 1,073 pages of Parliamentary Proceedings, which represent considerably upwards of three-quarters of a million pages of matter issued and re-issued to hon. Members and others; and whether he can devise some more simple and economical manner of dealing with public business?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
I have not gone into the arithmetical calculations embodied in the Question; but there can he no doubt that there is immense, waste in connection with the conduct of business in this House. But I think my hon. Friend would find that there would he greater resentment on the part of Members if they were deprived of papers of which, when they get them, they make absolutely no use whatever. [Cheers and laughter.] But there is an evil, and I will consider whether any practical remedy can be devised.