HC Deb 29 October 1957 vol 575 cc25-6
45. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Prime Minister if he is now in a position to make a statement regarding the report he has received from his Advisory Committee on the Burdens of Ministers and the greater efficiency of the working of Parliament.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

I have received the views of the Committee of Privy Councillors whom I asked to consider this matter. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Lord Attlee and his colleagues for the work they have done. I have no statement to make at present, but I hope to inform the House in due course of the action which I have taken or would propose as a consequence of hearing the Committee's views.

Mr. Donnelly

Can the Prime Minister say what form the progress is likely to take now? Will there be a Government statement or will the report be published, or what?

The Prime Minister

I do not think it would be the wish of the Committee that the report should be published. I will try to find a suitable opportunity to make a statement.