§ 74. Mr. KING
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the late hour at which the OFFICIAL REPORTS of the previous day's House of Commons proceedings are now issued to hon. Members and are available in the Vote Office; whether the printer's contract provides for these Reports being available at any fixed hour each morning; if so, at what hour the Reports should be delivered; whether, in case this condition is not carried out, the printers are liable to fine or deduction; and what action he proposes to take?
§ Mr. BALDWIN (Lord of the Treasury)
The delay in distributing the daily Reports is due solely to shortage of labour at the printers. Steps are being taken by His Majesty's Stationery Office, with the aid of the Director of Recruiting, to obtain the necessary men to enable the Reports to be circulated up to time.