HC Deb 14 June 1944 vol 400 cc1967-8
34. Mr. Hugh Lawson

asked the Minister of Information if, in view of the interest taken by the public in the past records of their elected representatives, he will produce a concise but comprehensive record showing the views of all Members of Parliament on all important issue as expressed in their Parliamentary speeches and votes and covering a period of the last dozen years.

Mr. Bracken

No, Sir. If I were to adopt the hon. and gallant Gentleman's suggestion I should have to produce a book about ten times as large as the "Encyclopedia Britannica."

Mr. Lawson

Is not the Minister aware that it would be a very simple thing to produce a book about twice the size of the one he recently criticised, "Your M.P.," and as comprehensive?

Mr. Bracken

I think that if I were to indulge in this type of publication and I had to make extracts, I might make extracts which would very much embarrass other political parties.

Mr. Shinwell

Could not my right hon. Friend confine it to the records of members of the present Government, including his own?

Mr. Bracken

I should be delighted.

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