HC Deb 14 November 1955 vol 546 cc3-4
3. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Attorney-General whether he is now in a position to make a further statement regarding Her Majesty's Government's policy towards leasehold enfranchisement.

The Solicitor-General

No, Sir.

Mr. Donnelly

Is the Solicitor-General aware that Conservative spokesmen in South Wales have been saying, as recently as the last General Election, that their party is in favour of leasehold enfranchisement? Are we to assume that they spoke without the authority of the Solicitor-General and that the public are now compelled to regard them as people of no political repute?

The Solicitor-General

I am not aware of the fact which the hon. Member mentions, but I am aware of this fact, namely, that Government policy in this respect has been stated and, indeed, repeated in this House. I think Mr. Speaker would not allow the matter to be further discussed on Report on the last occasion on the ground that it had been so often stated.

Mr. Gower

Does the Solicitor-General recognise that a loyal member of a political party may yet hold a particular view on an important topic like this?