HC Deb 10 March 1898 vol 54 cc1249-50
CAPTAIN C. W. NORTON (Newington, W.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether it has been brought to his notice that, in connection with the reports of Debates usually furnished to Members, the custom of supplying the replies given by Ministers to Members' Questions has been discontinued this Session owing to the fact that the cost to the contractor for postage amounts to about £2 per week, and that, according to the conditions of his contract, he is not bound to supply answers to Questions; and whether he will take steps to have the practice formerly in vogue reverted to, as Members are thereby saved considerable labour and inconvenience when replying to communications from their constituents?


I am informed that the contractor, though not bound by his contract, has expressed his willingness to meet what appears to be the commonly expressed wish of the House by supplying hon. Gentlemen with copies of Questions and answers as well.