§ MR. TOMLINSON (Preston)
In the absence of the hon. Member for West Salford, I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the inconvenience which arises from the absence of any general Index to the Sessional Papers of the House for the period 1880 to 1889, similar to that which was ordered to be printed on 16th March, 1880, for the period 1870 to 1879; whether he can make arrangements for the issue of such an Index at an early date; and when the annual Index to the Sessional Papers for 1892 is likely to be available?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Sir J. T. HIBBERT,) Oldham
I am informed that the compilation of the general Index to the Sessional Papers of the House for the period 1880 to 1889 can, practically, only be proceeded with when the House is not sitting; and, though great progress was made last year, I fear that the shortness of the Recess this year will retard the work, but I hope that it will be completed next year. A proof copy of the annual Index for 1892 has been in use in the Library since February last, and I hope that no unnecessary delay will occur before the final issue.