HC Deb 08 December 1955 vol 547 c553
34. Mr. MacColl

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish the names known to him of Communist influences in the former School of Planning and Research for Regional Development.

Major Lloyd-George

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave on the 1st December to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond).

Mr. MacColl

Does not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman realise how very unfair that reply was? Does he not appreciate that not only does this kind of promiscuous smear cause very grave pain to people who were connected with the school, but that the chairman of this board has just been appointed by the Prime Minister to a Royal Commission, and that the vice-chairman, a noble Lord, is, I believe, a brother of a Conservative Member of this House? Would he not convey to his hon. Friend who made the original remark that it was irrelevant, inaccurate, thoroughly mischievous and damaging?

Major Lloyd-George

I can only recommend the hon. Gentleman to look again at my Answer, when he will find that a lot that he has said is quite inappropriate.

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