§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. R. A. Butler)
Mr. Speaker, I ask for the indulgence of the House to intervene for a moment.
During the Recess we were all very distressed indeed to hear of the operation and severe illness of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan). I rise to express, on behalf of the whole House, our sympathy with his wife, the hon. Member for Cannock (Miss Lee), and with his relatives and friends, and to say how much we wish the right hon. Gentleman a recovery from this serious illness. I hope that the sense of feeling of this House may perhaps come through to him and give him strength in the struggle that he is going through.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
May I say for this side of the House, Mr. Speaker, that we much appreciate the words of the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the House. I am sure that both my right hon. Friend the Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan) 43 and my hon. Friend the Member for Cannock (Miss Lee) will take some heart from the general and universal feelings of sympathy shown in the House, and indeed in the country generally, during my right hon. Friend's serious illness.