HC Deb 28 April 1959 vol 604 c1105
49. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the continued uncertainty with regard to the possible date of a General Election is causing difficulties with regard to the business and trading arrangements of the country; and whether, as his predecessors have made statements giving notice of the Government's intention regarding possible dates of general elections, he will now make a statement.

The Prime Minister

I think the position has become clearer since the hon. Gentleman put his Question on the Order Paper.

Mr. Lewis

No, Mr. Speaker. As a matter of fact, the position has not become clearer, because, as the Prime Minister will recollect, he spoke last Thursday at a luncheon where he told one half of the House certain things, and he did not quite clear up the doubt as to whether it is to be October or next May. Perhaps he will now tell the whole House whether it is to be October or May.

The Prime Minister

The statement I had to make I made in public on Thursday night at a public meeting reported in the full Press.