§ 58. Mr. Hutchinson
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will give instructions that Members of Parliament shall be supplied upon application with a copy of the British Imperial Calendar and Civil Service List.
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Assheton)
No, Sir. Members are supplied on applicatipn with free copies 937 of Non-Parliamentary Government publications reasonably necessary for their Parliamentary work, but a free personal supply of official reference books has never been included, and I do not feel it would be justifiable, especially at this time, to vary the long standing practice.
§ Mr. Hutchinson
Why should Members of Parliament be refused these books, which they require for the purpose of their duties, merely because they are works of reference?
§ Mr. Assheton
This is a book that is in the Library and is available to Members. We must limit the number of publications that are circulated.