HC Deb 23 November 1916 vol 87 cc1575-6
70. Mr. FELL

asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the block which now exists owing to the number of starred questions which are put to the Ministers by certain Members who put down from six to eight questions each day; that on Thursday, 16th November, these questions numbered 202, of which only 116 could be answered in the extended time now available; and if, to save the work this throws on the Government Departments and to ensure the answering of important questions orally, be will consider the suggestion of limiting the number of questions of each Member to three as a maximum each day during the War?


I must refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on my behalf by my right hon. Friend the Colonial Secretary on the 14th November, to which, I fear, I can at the moment add nothing.


Is not the matter pressing, as there are again about 200 questions on the Paper to-day?


Yes, and it is receiving consideration.

81. Major LANE-FOX

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that information likely to be of value to the enemy may be made available to them by questions put to Ministers in this House, he will consider the setting up of a censorship of questions by giving Mr. Speaker power, with the assistance of a Committee representing all parties in the House, if necessary, to refuse to allow any questions likely to afford such information to appear on the Order Paper or to be put in the House during the period of the War?


I will consider this suggestion and consult Mr. Speaker about it.