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Votes And Proceedings

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 8 May 1947

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On a point of Order. With great respect, Mr. Speaker, may I ask you whether your attention has been called to the fact that the Order Papers for today were available to hon. Members only about 25 minutes or half an hour ago, and that the Votes and Proceedings are not yet available to hon. Members? Of course, I am not criticising the staff; the trouble is due to the pressure put upon the House by the Government. Is it your opinion, Mr. Speaker, that this House of Commons should receive such short notice of proceedings, which does not give sufficient opportunity to hon. Members asking Questions?

That is not a matter for me to decide. The Order Papers could not be put out earlier because the House was sitting. Whether the House sits or not is not my affair.