HC Deb 16 November 1954 vol 533 cc217-8
49. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the misuse of the English language in Departmental letters, he will issue to Ministers and senior civil servants a copy of the book, "Plain Words," by Sir Ernest Gowers, published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

The Prime Minister

Copies of this book are already available in all Departments, and I am glad that attention should be continually drawn to them.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that an attack on the English language is in progress, and will he do all in his power to see that this attack is not led by his Ministerial colleagues and the Ministries of State?

The Prime Minister

Certainly. I am in full sympathy with the doctrine laid down by Sir Ernest Gowers, and this Question, and perhaps this answer today will not in any way detract from its force.