HC Deb 08 May 1962 vol 659 cc214-5
Q4. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Prime Minister if he will now appoint a Minister of Cabinet rank to co-ordinate the Government's information services.

The Prime Minister

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer which I gave him on 13th February.

Mr. Mayhew

Is the Prime Minister aware that there are now four Ministers, namely, the Minister of Housing and Local Government, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, the Secretary for Technical Co-operation, and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, who are responsible for the co-ordination of information services? Can he say why this is and whether it is one reason for the cut in our expenditure overseas this year?

The Prime Minister

It seems a very reasonable division. The Secretary for Technical Co-operation deals with foreign overseas information services and the other Ministers with home services. There is no doubt that questions of co-ordination sometimes introduce rather delicate problems.

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