§ Mr. Speaker
I have to inform the House that I have received this morning a letter from Messrs. Fink, Proudfoot & Waters, solicitors, of Southampton House, High Holborn, London, W.C.1, and dated 2nd December, 1953. It reads as follows:
§ "Dear Mr. Speaker,
§ I wish to tender my apologies to you and to the House for having permitted the Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson to be served with a subpoena to attend the High Court on the 30th November, 1953.
§ I would like you to know that, unfortunately, advice which my firm had received had been misread and so this unfortunate error occurred. Please believe it was not intended to violate the Privileges of the House of Commons or of any Member of the House.
§ I have today written a letter to the Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson in terms similar to this letter.
§ I beg you and the House to accept my sincere apologies.
§ Yours faithfully,
§ Romy Fink."
§ In view of this letter and the explanation and apologies which it contains, I think the House would like me to write saying that we accept the apology and regard the incident as closed.
§ The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Harry Crookshank)
I am sure that that would be the wish of hon. Members in all parts of the House.