HC Deb 07 July 1955 vol 543 cc1296-7
49. Mr. Hyde

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the report of the committee, appointed by him, to study the problems of homosexuality and prostitution.

Major Lloyd-George

I cannot yet say when the Committee will be able to report. I understand that it is likely to be occupied for some time to cone in hearing oral evidence.

Mr. Hyde

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend recollect that it is rather more than a year now since this Committee was appointed. In view of the importance of the subject there should be some expedition in the matter, and it should not be lost sight of.

Major Lloyd-George

I agree, but in view of the importance of the matter I should have thought that too much expedition might be a bad thing. The Committee was appointed just a year ago; it did not start sitting until September, and people were invited to bring forward all the evidence they had by June—but one or two very important witnesses have asked to be allowed a little more time, as their evidence is not ready.