§ 9. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the committee of inquiry into the overseas information and broadcasting services has yet reported; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 5th May to my hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Mr. J. Rodgers) on this subject.
§ Mr. Davies
I have seen that reply, but may I ask the Minister whether this matter is being treated as one of urgency? The debate on this subject took place five or six weeks ago and the committee has been sitting since then. When can we expect some information?
§ Mr. Christopher Mayhew
Was it not extremely foolish to make these serious 375 cuts in the information services and then hold the inquiry afterwards? Why was the inquiry not held first to see whether the cuts were needed?
§ Mr. John Profumo
Could my right hon. and learned Friend indicate why the Socialist Government did not hold an inquiry last year before the cuts were made?