53. Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the serious disabilities under which many questions affecting the administration of matters connected with poor relief, health, and housing are dealt with in the absence 1981 of the Minister of Health from the House; and what steps does he propose to take to remedy this state of affairs, in view of the problems confronting many local authorities at the present time.
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I quite realise the disadvantage of the absence from the House of my right hon. Friend, but I hope that it will not be of long duration.
Would the right hon. Gentleman consider the possibility of answering questions himself in the absence of the Minister of Health? [HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"]
§ Mr. W. THORNE
Is there any truth in the statement that the present Minister of Health has resigned his position?
63. Captain BENN
asked the Prime Minister whether it is proposed that the Minister for Health should become a Member of the House of Commons; and, if so, when?