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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask you a question, Mr. Speaker. Are you aware that your predecessor, the late honorable member for Barker, said that the Speaker of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom Parliament regarded it as his duty to ensure that there was no inordinate delay by the

Ministry in answering questions on notice? I ask you, Sir, whether you have investigated the matter of the celerity or otherwise with which questions on notice are answered by the Ministry here, and whether you regard ensuring that such questions are answered speedily as one of the ways in which you can defend the privileges of this House. Will you consider the matter of questions on notice which are discharged, unanswered, from the notice-paper when the Parliament is prorogued, sometimes after they have been on the notice-paper for three months?

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