§ 41. Mr. Skinner
To ask the Lord President of the Council what proposals he has to take oral questions on Fridays.
§ The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Tony Newton)
I have no plans to do so.
§ Mr. Skinner
If the Lord President had been present earlier, he would have heard one or two comments about there being so many quangos in Britain today for which the Government are no longer accountable. There are 7,700 of them and they cost about £1,000 million a week. It would not be a bad idea if a Minister were made responsible for answering questions on Fridays about quangos and the use of taxpayers' money. We would then be able to ask all the questions that we are not allowed to ask the rest of the week.
§ Sir Anthony Grant
Since oral questions are about the most futile way of Parliament scrutinising the Executive, why not move all questions to Friday?
§ Mr. Newton
Probably because only the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) would be here to ask them.