HC Deb 16 March 1931 vol 249 cc1667-8
63. Mr. THORNE

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether it is his intention to discontinue the supply of matches in the various reading and smoking rooms in the House of Commons?


I am sorry to spoil so good a story of matchless economy, but the truth is that no instructions regarding matches have yet been issued. All the same, my officers are engaged in inquiring into the consumption of house-hold articles, in which category matches are included.


Is my right hon. Friend aware that a week ago to-day there was a report circulated in all the papers which was contrary to the reply that he has just given, and is he aware that his reputation will be very much damaged in consequence of that report?


I cannot help what the newspapers do with such a humble person as myself.


Is it not a fact that the Government have effected no economy since they came into office?