HC Deb 05 February 1934 vol 285 cc805-6

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation. Last Thursday I put a ques- tion to the Minister of Health relating to certain expenditure incurred as a result of the right hon. Gentleman's visit to Grimsby. In the course of putting a Supplementary Question, owing to interjections I made reference to a conversation I had had a day or two previously with the Parliamentary Secretary. After I had made that reference I felt that perhaps I had done something contrary to Parliamentary form. That I now seek to rectify by apologising to the Parliamentary Secretary.

I also feel in duty bound to say a few words to the Minister of Health. I make no apology for having put down the original question, because I believed that in the public interest it was essential that the matter should be cleared up. At the same time I should like to assure the right hon. Gentleman that I had not the slightest intention of making any reflection upon his personal character. My main purpose was to ascertain whether the local ratepayers were being asked to bear a charge which did not rightly belong to them. Having said so much, I conclude by hoping that the Parliamentary Secretary, the Minister, and the House will accept this explanation in the spirit of sincerity in which it is given.

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Hilton Young)

I should like to say that I much appreciate the hon. Member's statement, and I am obliged to him for making it.


I had intended to make a personal explanation myself, but, in view of the handsome way in which the hon. Member has apologised, it is not necessary for me to do so. I accept his statement; I thank him personally; and, as far as I am concerned, the incident is forgotten.