§ 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.