HC Deb 30 January 1962 vol 652 c887
Q1. Mr. F. Noel-Baker

asked the Prime Minister what instructions he has given to Ministers regarding the way in which constituency cases brought to their attention by Members of Parliament should be dealt with.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

None, Sir, other than those of which the House was informed on 30th July, 1958.

Mr. Noel-Baker

The Prime Minister will be aware that I was asked to refer to him a statement made by the President of the Torquay Conservative Association which said that Ministers of the present Government dealt differently with constituency cases referred to them by members of his own party and more favourably than with cases referred by members of the Opposition. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] Would he be good enough to clear up this matter?

The Prime Minister

If the observations were correctly reported, they were certainly not happily phrased. I think it is the experience of this House that Ministers, whichever Government are in power, do their best to treat all cases equally and to serve all hon. Members they deal with.