11 FEBRUARY 1938, Page 22


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.]

Snt,—I was delighted to read your remarks as to the attendance of M.P.'s at the sittings of Parliament. When they were unpaid it was not easy to say much on the point, but now they receive travelling expenses and salaries, the latter recently raised by 5o per cent. by their own vote, it should be the duty of the Government to publish yearly information showing attendance at divisions, attendance at committees other than committees of the whole House. In each case there should be shown possible attendances, actual attendances. Constituents would then be able to " ginger " their members, and members of the absentee order could furnish an explanation of their conduct and doubtless in some cases of a satisfactory nature.—Ycurs