HC Deb 12 July 1915 vol 73 c661W

asked the Prime Minister if, having regard to the need for reticence and economy of public time, he will introduce an amendment of the Standing Orders so that in future all questions shall be submitted to and approved by a censor appointed by the House of Commons before appearing in the Orders of the Day, and limiting the right of any Member to ask only one question on one day?


The Speaker decides whether questions are within the Rules of the House. He is in no sense a censor with powers to prevent questions being asked which are harmful to the public interest. I fully sympathise with the hon. Member's objects, but I am not prepared as at present advised to propose a variation from the present practice.