§ MR. HAROLD COX
I beg to ask the Patronage Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the waste of public money caused by the daily printing on the Order Paper of Government Notices of Motion 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.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. GEORGE WHITELEY,) Yorkshire, W.R., Pudsey
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.
§ MR. BRIDGEMAN
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of placing in some conspicuous place the programme of forthcoming business.
§ MR. GEORGE WHITELEY
The programme is usually announced on Thursdays for the succeeding week, and if any alteration is subsequently made, a Question is usually prompted, but if there is any general desire that a paper should be posted in the outer lobby, it can be done.