HC Deb 01 July 1957 vol 572 cc689-90
45. Mr. Lipton

asked the Prime Minister if he will arrange to transfer the responsibility for supervision of the Government Communications Bureau from the Foreign Secretary to himself.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Lord Privy Seal (Mr. R. A. Butler)

I have been asked to reply. No, Sir.

Mr. Lipton

Now that a Committee has been appointed to investigate telephone tapping, would it not be wiser to defer a decision as to the future control of the Government's 'phone tapping headquarters until the Committee has reported?

Mr. Butler

I would only say that the Government Communications Bureau is a branch of the communications organisation under the control of the Foreign Secretary. It is engaged on work connected with foreign service establishments overseas.