HC Deb 23 June 1964 vol 697 c228
Q9. Mr. Ross

asked the Prime Minister when he received a communication from the Governors of the Carberry Tower Youth Leadership and Training Centre of the Church of Scotland on the subject of Government assistance to it; and what reply he has sent.

The Prime Minister

I received from the Chairman of the Governors on 12th June a letter which was evidently sent to a number of hon. Members. I have asked my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland to deal with it.

Mr. Ross

Will the Prime Minister use his influence as Prime Minister, if not as a Scottish constituency Member, to ensure that this matter is dealt with sympathetically? Will he bear in mind the concern which he expressed last Thursday and the anxiety which he seemed to evince then to get a chance of doing something constructive? Will he also bear in mind mat the youth work of the Church has not been made very much easier by the willingness of Governments of which he has been a member to make more readily available to young people facilities for drinking and betting, and, now, by the unrestricted spread of gaming clubs?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman asked for a particular matter to be examined, and I will certainly have it examined. But, apart from the church organisations, there are many secular organisations, and we have to treat them equally.

Mr. David James

Is my right hon. Friend aware that hon. Members opposite opposed the Obscene Publications Bill?