HC Deb 05 February 1976 vol 904 cc721-2W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what instructions are given for the supply to hon. Members and to the Vote Office of papers required for and connected with Northern Ireland proceedings and the Northern Ireland Committee of the House.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

The normal arrangement is to send a list of relevant papers both to the Library and the Vote Office when Northern Ireland business is taking place in the House, so that sufficient copies can be made available for hon. Members. I regret that, due to an oversight, this arrangement was not followed for the recent debate in the Northern Ireland Committee, although copies of the Porter Report were available in the Library.

The small general demand does not justify the placing of bulk quantities of all papers in the Vote Office, but arrangements have been made with the Library to ensure that copies will be available there for hon. Members attending Committee proceedings.