§ 30. Flight-Lieutenant Haire
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on whose authority. Major Randolph Churchill was given a permit for his present visit to Spain; whether he was given priority travel facilities; and whether he is performing any official mission.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Harold Wilson)
I have been asked to reply in the absence abroad of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Information, whose Department is concerned. A request was made to the Ministry of Information by an American news-agency for help in securing transport facilities in Europe for Major Churchill, who was employed by them to write a series of articles. Exit permits are not now required for travel abroad, but routine assistance in the matter of transport facilities was provided for journeys by Major Churchill to a number of countries including Spain. Similar assistance has been given to many other journalists. He is not, of course, on any official mission.
§ Flight-Lieutenant Haire
Is my hon. Friend aware that in at least one other country which Major Churchill visited, he is alleged to have said to His- Majesty's Ambassador in that country that his self-imposed mission abroad was to discredit as much as possible the Socialist Government in England?
§ Captain Sir Peter MacDonald
Is not the visit of Major Churchill at least as desirable as the visits of Professor Laski, who tours the whole world?
§ Mr. Wilson
With regard to the first supplementary, I do not think my right hon. Friend was aware of the statement made by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Wycombe (Flight-Lieutenant Haire), and I am sure that if he were aware of it, he would agree that Major Churchill had a very difficult task.