HC Deb 28 June 1921 vol 143 cc1985-6

The following question stood on the Paper in the name of Colonel WEDGWOOD:

45. To ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that correspondence passing between the Ministry of Transport and the directors of the great railway companies has been extensively quoted from in the Committee considering the Railways Bill; and, in view of the fact that this correspondence is at present fully known to certain Members only of the Committee, will he lay the whole correspondence for the use of all Members?


I beg to ask this question on behalf of my hon. and gallant Friend. Can we not secure an answer to this question, seeing that it is a very important one, bearing upon a matter which is now before a Standing Committee?


The hon. Member is not entitled to an answer on the second calling of questions except through the courtesy of the Minister. I may point out that the Minister was present when hon. Members who have down questions were absent.


When hon. Members are serving on a Committee it is difficult for them to ensure attendance in the House.