HC Deb 23 July 1963 vol 681 c1260

The following Question stood upon the Order Paper.


To ask the Prime Minister, whether he will give an assurance that subject to the maintenance of State security, he will continue to answer questions which deal with alleged neglect upon the part of Ministers and/or their civil servants, or those in the employ of the State, so far as these questions affect his department.

Mr. Speaker

Mr. Lewis. Dame Irene Ward.

Mr. P. Williams

On a point of order. What is the position of the House when a Question of this nature and importance is put down, and then, the hon. Member having put it down, he creeps away with attendant publicity to a foreign country. The Question then may be given a Written Answer and hon. Members may not put supplementary questions.

Mr. Speaker

The position of the House is that I called the hon. Member who put his name to the Question, received no reply, and called the next Question. Dame Irene Ward.