§ MR. T. LOUGH (Islington, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, in connection with the changes made in the reporting of the "Parliamentary Debates," instructions have been given not to send proofs of Questions asked in the House and Answers given by Ministers to Members; and, if so, 841 whether, seeing the difficulty in many instances of obtaining the answers, he will give instructions for the former practice to be renewed, so that two proofs of each Question may be sent to each Member?
THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY
Questions printed on the Notice Paper naturally need not be sent for correction. Supplementary questions are speeches, and proofs of them should be sent in the same way as those of ordinary speeches. Proofs of answers are, of course, only sent to those who make the answers—just as other speeches are only sent to those who make them. No contract has ever provided for the answers being sent to those who put the Questions, as it is not for the questioner to correct the answer. No instructions one way or the other have been given, as the contract in no way differs in this respect from those previously made.
§ MR. HANBURY
The Question itself is actually printed on the Notice Paper, and I do not see how it is possible to correct it.
MR. GIBSON BOWLES (Lynn Regis)
. With regard to the remark as to a supplemental Question, would you, Sir, not stop it if you considered it a speech?
§ MR. MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
As the answers are not given so fully as formerly, will the right hon. Gentleman impress upon his colleagues the necessity of speaking out?
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