HC Deb 05 April 1955 vol 539 cc991-2
39. Mr. Grey

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is now prepared to make a statement on the transfer of a Department to the North-East.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Henry Brooke)

I hope to be in a position to make a statement shortly. I regret I am not able to do so today.

Mr. Grey

As I understand that that is due to the fact that the hon. Gentleman has taken so long to make up his mind about this matter, can we have an assurance that a statement will be made before the General Election?

Mr. Brooke

When I say "shortly," I mean shortly.

Mr. D. Jones

Cannot the hon. Gentleman be a little more forthcoming? Last year he told a deputation of which I was a member that he would shortly be making a statement. What does he mean by "shortly"? Is it months or years?

Mr. Brooke

I remember the deputation which I had the pleasure of meeting last December. I did not use the word "shortly" then, but I made certain promises, and I shall keep those promises.