HC Deb 28 November 1946 vol 430 cc1759-60
18. Mr. Wilson Harris

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what day the Report of the Curtis Committee on the Care of Children was received by the Ministers to whom it was addressed.

Mr. Ede

Advance copies of the report in proof form were sent, by the courtesy of the chairman, to the three Ministers concerned on 13th September.

Mr. Wilson Harris

The right hon. Gentleman is better at these calculations than I am. He could not very well be worse. Would he agree that it is misleading to suggest that this report was not in the hands of the Government until less than a month before the King's Speech, on 12th November?

Mr. Ede

I do not think it would be. If the hon. Gentleman will read my answer carefully he will see that the advance copies were sent to three Members of the Government on the date I have mentioned.

Mr. Keeling

Two months before the King's Speech.