Orders of the Day — Courts (Research) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:58 am on 22nd February 1991.

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Photo of Humfrey Malins Humfrey Malins , Croydon North West 11:58 am, 22nd February 1991

My hon. Friend makes an interesting point. I do not know more whether the public know much more about the procedures of this place than my hon. Friend or I. It is helpful and good in a democracy for people to form a view on national issues such as the Gulf crisis. Without television, they might not form a view.

My hon. and learned Friend the Member for Burton argued that televising the courts is unnecessary because they are open to the public. Televising the House has enabled millions of people to see Parliament at work—an opportunity which they would not have but for television. They cannot afford Hansard or to travel to Westminster every day. Televising the House has enabled housebound, poor and disabled people to see the House at work.