HC Deb 31 January 1961 vol 633 c781
47. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Prime Minister if he will require Ministers and other members of Her Majesty's Government to intimate to the Member for the constituency concerned the official functions which they intend to carry out when they are visiting in their official capacity.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. Indeed, such arrangements already apply.

Mrs. Braddock

Will the Prime Minister see that whenever a Minister visits a constituency prior intimation of what he intends to do officially is issued to the Member? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that only recently, the Minister of Labour visited Liverpool and that although I received information that he was coming, he visited two of the most important employment exchanges in the constituency and I had no knowledge whatever of his visiting those places? There was comment about it by the constituency after he had gone.

The Prime Minister

I am sure that the hon. Lady recognises what is the ordinary rule that we have long observed. I hope she feels that no discourtesy was meant to her. I certainly will call attention to the ordinary practice again so that it should be followed scrupulously.