HC Deb 18 March 1907 vol 171 cc486-7
MR. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN (Worcestershire, E.)

I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he will arrange that a day shall be given for the discussion of the Reports of the Public Accounts Committee before the closing of Committee of Supply in the present session.


I will bear the matter in mind, but it is too early in the session for me to be able to make a definite announcement.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that several Ministers are declining to discuss certain subjects on the ground that they can only be properly debated after the Report of the Public Accounts Committee is available? It therefore becomes important to know when the House will have an opportunity of considering that Report.


No doubt it is undesirable to forestall a decision of the Public Accounts Committee by a discussion in this House which could not be so well informed as after the issue of the Report. But that is rather a different matter to appointing a day for discussing the Report, and I should wish to reserve any announcement as to that.