HC Deb 16 November 1971 vol 826 c212
Q6. Dr. Gilbert

asked the Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of supplying hon. Members with the information classifying the correspondence he receives according to its subject matter.

The Prime Minister

The cost of calculating the cost would be disproportionate.

Dr. Gilbert

How does the Prime Minister know what the cost of calculating the cost will be, and how much longer will he shelter behind this series of flimsy excuses? Does he realise that he is in danger of inflicting a grave discourtesy on the House, since hon. Members on both sides want information of this sort—to which they have been entitled in the past?

The Prime Minister

I do not know the cost of the cost and I do not intend to find out, because it is not worth while to spend public money in this way.