HC Deb 19 January 1954 vol 522 cc833-4
47. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister if he is now in the position to announce the composition of the Royal Commission to inquire into matters affecting mental deficiency.

The Prime Minister

It was announced on 18th January that the Queen had approved the appointment of Lord Percy of Newcastle as Chairman of the Royal Commission. The names of the other members of the Commission will be announced shortly.

Mr. Lewis

While thanking the Prime Minister for that information, which no doubt he, as well as myself, read in the Press, may I ask him whether he can explain why it has taken over three months for him to come to some decision as to the composition of the Commission? How long does he think it will be before he will be able to announce the names of the Commission?

The Prime Minister

I should not like to hold out any hopes which would be disappointed. Perhaps if the hon. Gentleman puts the Question down next week I shall be able to forecast a date.