HC Deb 05 June 1962 vol 661 c199
Q2. Mr. Bowles

asked the Prime Minister whether he will promote the Minister of Health to full Cabinet rank.

The Prime Minister

It is not possible to include in the Cabinet all Ministers in charge of Departments. But it has been made clear, I think by successive Administrations, that it should not be inferred from this that the Government underrate the importance of the matters for which Ministers outside the Cabinet are responsible.

Mr. Bowles

Would the Prime Minister realise—as I gather he does—that a tremendous number of people depend upon a really powerful Minister of Health for their welfare and hospitals and so on, and will he reconsider this matter when he has his next reshuffle of the Cabinet?

The Prime Minister

Of course, we have a very excellent Minister of Health. What particular Minister should or should not be in the Cabinet is not a matter of rule. It is a matter of arrangements at any particular time.