HC Deb 29 November 1961 vol 650 c448
Mr. George Brown (Belper)

I wish to make a personal statement, Mr. Speaker.

In the closing stages in the debate on the Army Reserve Bill on Monday, as is quite clear to anyone who reads the OFFICIAL REPORT, I allowed my normal exuberance to carry me astray. In consequence, I said things I should prefer not to have said and, in particular, I used a phrase referring to you, Mr. Speaker, which nothing can justify.

I trust that the House will think it right that I should use this the first appropriate occasion to withdraw and to apologise.

Mr. Speaker

The whole House will be grateful for the sentiment which caused the right hon. Gentleman to want to make this statement and, of course, I most fully accept his apology.