Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1978.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Teesside Middlesbrough 12:00 am, 12th April 1978

Because we thought Hansard was cut off it was considered that it might be convenient for the services as a whole, which were to be unified, for Hansard Department to come under the Clerk's Department for administration purposes but certainly not under the control of the Clerk of the House. It was considered that it would work entirely—because it will be an expert Department with identical knowledge to that which it has at the moment—as it does now. Only for administrative purposes would it be associated with the Clerk of the House. But if my right hon. Friend feels strongly I can assure him that the members of the Committee would not be adverse if the Committee as a whole put pressure on for reconsideration of this matter. It would not be necessary to put it in the Bill, but it could be done by the Commission itself if it thought fit.