§ Mr. R. A. Butler
In the absence of my right hon. Friend, one of my responsibilities is to reply to this Question on his behalf. He wishes me to say that as Leader of the House my chief responsibility will be to handle the Government's programme of legislation and other Government business in Parliament.
My right hon. Friend has also asked me to answer Questions in this House on the atomic energy matters which are within the field of responsibility of my noble Friend the Lord President of the Council. These Questions should be put down for Wednesdays, when they will be placed at No. 45 or after any Questions there may be for the Prime Minister.
§ Mr. Jay
While noting the right hon. Gentleman's new interest in atomic energy, can he say whether he has special responsibility for the future policy of the Government, including economic policy? Will he say whether he works whole-time for the Government or whether part of his time is spent at the Conservative Central Office?
§ Mr. Butler
Modesty forbids me from defining the many duties which will fall to my lot inside the Government, but the right hon. Gentleman may well be satisfied that my time is devoted to the service, first of all, of the House of Commons, and secondly, to the interests of the country.
§ Mr. Butler
The hon. Lady is looking to matters which I should like to have an opportunity of debating with her on some future occasion when I could give a more adequate reply, and a convincing one, to her allegations.