§ Sir EDWARD CAMPBELL
On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker, may I draw attention to the fact that many questions to-day are left unanswered owing to the fact that so many people nowadays ask questions and do not take the trouble to come to the House, notwithstanding the fact that all these questions cost a great deal of money to the Treasury; and will you take some steps about it?
§ Sir E. CAMPBELL
On a point of Order. We have just had three questions which have caused the Minister to sit here long over the time due. Cannot something be done to prevent this? Cannot it be arranged that questions are 1209 not put a second time if people are not present to ask them on the first occasion?
§ Captain CUNNINGHAM-REID
Is it not a fact that I have known the hon. Member for Bromley (Sir E. Campbell) to be late on many occasions?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
I think that the present system has worked very well. There are occasions when absence is unavoidable. At the same time it seems to me to be hardly worth while for hon. Members to put down questions if they are not here to ask them.