HC Deb 08 July 1959 vol 608 c1334
15. Miss Vickers

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he has yet made a decision in regard to giving permission for residents in the Royal Naval Estate, St. Budeaux, Plymouth, to display bills on behalf of the political candidates at the coming election.

Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith

No restriction has been placed on the display of election bills by residents of the St. Budeaux Estate, who are quite at liberty to display them if they wish.

Miss Vickers

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. That did not appear to be the case in the local government election. I should like to ask him whether the residents on the estate and the employees, both established and non-established, of the Admiralty in the City of Plymouth are able to see their Members of Parliament or write them letters without their careers being prejudiced?

Mr. Galbraith

The normal rules regarding civil servants applying pressure aimed at the improvement of their careers, of course, apply.

Mr. Wigg

If the hon. Gentleman wants to help the Tory Party by using Admiralty property for that purpose, could he not have "Vote for the Tories" painted on the sides of H.M.S. "Vanguard" and tow the vessel round from port to port? The vessel would then at least be performing some useful purpose.

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