HC Deb 02 December 1947 vol 445 cc205-6
Mr. Bossom

(by Private Notice) asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will extend the time for receiving applications for the granting of refunds of the motor car licence tax, for which application should have been dispatched by the last day of November, until the various petroleum controllers have rendered their decision on the granting or otherwise of supplementary petrol?

Sir S. Cripps

I regret to say that I have had no notice of this Question. It has not reached me.

Mr. Bossom

I must apologise, Mr. Speaker, if that is the case. This morning I sent the Question to your office, who called up my office and asked if it was all right for the Question to go forward today, and they said, "Yes."

Mr. Speaker

Surely, the hon. Member has learned by this time that he is responsible for informing the Chancellor of any Question which he proposes to ask. He is also responsible for informing me, which he did, and I assumed that he had informed the Chancellor. It is not my business to go round seeing if hon. Members have done their duty properly. I am sorry, but there it is.

Mr. Bossom

In the circumstances, I must apologise for accusing you of not having forwarded the Question. Of course, I was responsible.