HC Deb 21 May 1957 vol 570 cc1034-5
53. Mr. Owen

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware of the report by the experts, appointed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on social and cultural adjustment of the individual and family to conditions arising from mechanisation, which was before the Strasbourg meeting on 25th and 26th March this year; and whether he will make a statement on Government policy.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

These experts were convened by the Consultative Assembly's Committee on Social Questions. Their Report has not yet been submitted to the Committee of Ministers.

Mr. Owen

Is the Minister of State aware that hon. Members are keenly interested in this subject? Can he not arrange for a copy of the Report to be made available in the Library as early as possible?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I am sure that we are all very interested in this matter, and certainly the procedure at Strasbourg is sometimes confusing. The Ministers cannot make a statement on it until they have received the Report. As soon as it is received I will see whether it can be made generally available.