HC Deb 12 November 1969 vol 791 c405
40. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will make arrangements for a rapid reading course in the House of Commons for Members of Parliament.

Mr. Peart

I do not think it necessary for the House to provide this facility. Members who wish to take such courses will no doubt make their own arrangements.

Mrs. Short

But, in the interests of increasing the productivity of Members of Parliament, some of whom need it, does my right hon. Friend not think that he might reconsider this, in view of the fact that, after only perhaps two or three lessons, reading speed could be doubled, which would be very useful?

Mr. Peart

I note this, but one can apply this to courses of shorthand, typing and other things. I think that my reply is sensible and that my hon. Friend knows it.

Mr. Peyton

Would the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this is a good deal less urgent now, when much of the reading matter reaches Members of Parliament only when it has become of antiquarian interest?

Mr. Peart

I hope that the hon. Member will not display too much illiteracy.