HC Deb 24 July 1990 vol 177 c171W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will take steps to increase the percentage of departmental Select Committee reports debated on the Floor of the House on substantive motions.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

No. Although only a small number of debates have taken place on substantive motions there have been innumerable debates which have Select Committee reports tagged as relevant to the debate. The number of such reports could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.