HC Deb 28 July 1943 vol 391 c1558
19. Sir L. Lyle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what governmental assistance and facilities were given to Sir William Beveridge on the occasion of his recent visit to the United States of America?

Mr. Eden

Sir William Beveridge visited the United States as a private person in response to an invitation from the Rockefeller Foundation. His Majesty's Government supported his application for the necessary United States visa, and I have no doubt that while he was there he received all the usual facilities from His Majesty's representatives in that country.

Sir L. Lyle

Is my right hon. Friend aware that Sir William Beveridge is reported to have made a speech in which he said that those who did not accept his scheme in toto were a lot of stuffy old gentlemen?

Mr. Eden

No doubt that was well deserved. I cannot explain the connection between that expression of opinion and a voyage across the Atlantic.

Mr. Buchanan

Would the right hon. Gentleman inquire of Sir William Beveridge whether he is paying any subsidy to the hon. Member for Bournemouth (Sir L. Lyle) for advertising him?

Commander Locker-Lampson

Was Sir William Beveridge referring to Members of Parliament?