HC Deb 16 March 1908 vol 186 cc165-7
MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)

To ask the Patronage Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the waste of public money used by the daily printing on the Order Paper of Government Notices of Motions and Orders of the Day, and the amendments thereto, which have no prospect of coming before the House; and whether he will take steps to avoid this waste by, as far as possible, placing upon the Paper only those Notices and Orders with which the Government intend to proceed should opportunity offer.

(Answered by Mr. Whiteley.) During the early stages of a session it is of general convenience to place all the Government Orders upon the Order Paper, especially when, as in the present session, there has been no volume of amendments to any particular Bill. When there has been such an accumulation of amendments, I have endeavoured to arrange the Orders each day with due regard to economy and will continue to do so.