September 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not advocate meddling every day with this service, but I think this is rather an important step we are taking, and it would only be fair that we should have proper knowledge at the end of the first year of the working of this service. I am not quite sure but that in certain other countries there is an amount voted by the government to provide a press service. At the end of a year or two we might find it necessary to enlarge the service. There is nothing unreasonable in asking that at the end of the year we should know how it works, what the regulations are, whether the association has been incorporated, how the money has been applied and what parties have availed themselves of this service. These are interesting matters. I have prepared an amendment which is as follows :
A special report in which will be set forth the details of payments made under this Act and all other matters of interest relating to said service shall be laid before parliament within fifteen days after the opening of each session thereof.
If my hon. friend thinks it unnecessary I will not press the amendment.

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