February 23, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)


George Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)


The committee were induced to make this report owing to the continued cry from our French friends that they were not in possession of the debates for a week or ten days after the occurrence of a debate in the House, and after consulting with the officials of the translating staff and the King's Printer, we came to the conclusion that we could not provide them with a daily ' Hansard ' without adopting the course recommended, and by adopting this course our French friends will get the speeches within twenty-four hours after the English edition is delivered to the English-speaking members. To meet that view of the ease we decided to report as we have done.
Then the revised edition is what now goes out to the public press. I consider this simply a waste of money because there is not a newspaper that makes any use of it; they get the revised edition when it is a week or ten days old, and if you go into any newspaper office in the country you will find the 'Hansards' in the waste basket. If they are supplied with any report of the debates let them have it fresh from the House, the day after it is published. That was the view I took and the view taken by the committee generally. The revision of speeches will go on as usual, the members will make corrections inside of twenty-four hours; the revised edition will then be printed, but the bound volume will not be printed until the close of the session. I think the course adopted is the best in the interests of the House and the country.

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