1. Your Committee have considered the matter of the complaint made upon the 5th May of an alleged disclosure by a Member of a portion of the proceedings in the Secret Session of the 23rd April, and have come to the conclusion that they cannot discharge the duty imposed upon them by the House properly without alluding in their Report to some of the things said, or alleged to have been said in Secret Session.
2. If the secrecy of the proceedings at these sessions is to be preserved it will, in the opinion of Your Committee, be necessary to except their Report from the operation of the Resolution of the House of the 13th August, 1835, which provides that all parliamentary papers and reports printed for the use of the House shall be accessible to the public by purchase, and requires a sufficient number of extra copies to be printed for the purpose. Your Committee therefore suggest that their Report, together with the Minutes of the Evidence taken before them, should be ordered to be printed for the use of Members only, that an order to this effect should be made before it is presented, and that not more than six hundred and fifteen copies should be printed.
3. Moreover, as it is by no means clear that once the Report had been presented to the House the disclosure of the contents of the Report or of the Evidence or of any portion or summary thereof, would constitute a breach of privilege—on the contrary, as the Speaker stated on the 4th July, 1893, there has been a prevalent impression that when a Committee's report is laid upon the Table of the House it at once becomes public property—it would be advisable that, before the Report is presented, the House should resolve that the disclosure of any of its contents or of the evidence will constitute a breach of Privilege.
4. In order to obviate as far as possible the risk of the contents of the Report and the Evidence being inadvertently dis- closed Your Committee suggest that the following procedure should be adopted:—