§ 32. Mrs. Castle
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, as a result of the representations made 368 to him, he proposes to set up a Departmental committee to inquire into the problems of prostitution in London.
§ Mr. Ede
The deputation, led by the Bishop of London, which I recently received left with me a memorandum containing proposals made by the Paddington Moral Reform Council for dealing with this problem, and I promised that it would be carefully examined. This is now being done but until the examination is completed I cannot say whether further inquiry by a committee will be necessary.
§ Mrs. Castle
In view of the fact that a number of associations also interested in this problem do not necessarily accept all the proposals of the Paddington Moral Reform Council, will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that if such a committee is set up he will publish its terms of reference and membership and give an opportunity for the public to submit evidence?
§ Mr. Hastings
Will my right hon. Friend make the terms of reference of this committee wide enough to include the problem of homosexuality?