§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will estimate the savings to public funds which would accrue if no business was dealt with after 10 pm; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Biffen
No. The assumptions on which such an estimate would have to be based would inevitably be hypothetical and unreliable. For information about the identifiable costs of late night sittings I refer my hon. Friend to answers given recently to my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Bruinvels) on 21 March at columns575–6,and 22 March at columns 639–640.