HC Deb 07 December 1943 vol 395 cc772-3
48. Sir H. Williams

asked the Prime Minister how many Statutory Rules and Orders have been made since 1st January, 1943, which have not been printed or placed in the Library of the House of Commons; and in what form these Orders have been published?

Mr. Attlee

Three hundred and seventy-nine Statutory Rules and Orders made since 1st January have not been printed, and I understand that most of these have not been placed in the Library of the House of Commons. The great majority of these Orders are local in character; the remainder are general in their application but of a purely temporary nature. In all cases, steps are taken to ensure that the terms of the Order are made available to the persons concerned.

Mr. Thorne

Cannot all the Rules and Regulations be printed in one book?

Mr. Attlee

In answer to my hon. Friend, whom I am so glad to see back in his place, a number of these Orders are purely local, for instance, the varying of a one-way traffic Order in a particular town, that it would be a waste of labour to publish them all.