HC Deb 30 March 1961 vol 637 c1522
48. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Prime Minister if he will publish as a White Paper or in the OFFICIAL REPORT the text of his statement regarding apartheid made on a public occasion in Trinidad on 28th March.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I have been asked to reply.

No, Sir. I note that the hon. Member is following closely the activities of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. I have ascertained that my right hon. Friend would wish to be allowed to decline the honour which the hon. Member wishes to confer on him.

Mr. Hughes

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, of course, I follow the Prime Minister's speeches? It is our duty to do so. I do not want to embarrass either the Home Secretary or the Prime Minister by saying that this was a very good speech in which he said that a policy of apartheid was anti-Christian, but could the right hon. Gentleman assure us that his right hon. Friend who disseminates information throughout the world will see that this speech is widely distributed throughout Africa?

Mr. Butler

It was not a speech. It was in answer to a question at a Press conference. The Prime Minister used the words which have been attributed to him and I have checked with him that that is so. I do not think that the honour of circulating them in the OFFICIAL REPORT or making them into a White Paper is necessarily desirable, as they were answers at a Press conference.

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