HC Deb 06 April 1949 vol 463 cc2043-4
45. Sir Henry Morris-Jones

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now able to announce the names of the chairman and members of the proposed Advisory Council for Wales.

46. Mr. George Thomas

asked the Prime Minister the names of the persons appointed to serve on the Advisory Council for Wales; and the proposed date and venue of the first meeting of the Council.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

The composition of the Council has not been finally settled, but I hope to be able to announce the names shortly. Arrangements for the first meeting will not, of course, be made until it has been set up.

Sir H. Morris-Jones

Will the right hon. Gentleman appoint, as chairman of this body, a person of some eminence in Wales who has not been associated with party politics, in view of the fact that the setting up of this body has not been well received in the Principality?

The Prime Minister

The qualifications of the person to be selected as chairman will be taken into account.

Mr. Peter Freeman

Is it the intention to appoint women to the Council, as well as men?

The Prime Minister

Perhaps my hon. Friend will wait and see.