HC Deb 07 April 1965 vol 710 c461
5. Mr. Kershaw

asked the Paymaster-General what proposals he will make for the better co-ordination of announcements of Government policy on immigration.

Mr. Wigg

None, Sir.

Mr. Kershaw

Is not that a very extraordinary reply? Does the Paymaster-General realise that his right hon. Friend the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs said that it was mad to limit immigration to this country? We know that it is the policy of the Cabinet to limit immigration. Does that mean that the Cabinet is mad, or that the First Secretary is mistaken?

Mr. Wigg

There is a possibility that the hon. Member is mad.

Sir D. Renton

Will the right hon. Gentleman say how he is co-ordinating the information about the control of immigration by the Home Secretary and the Minister of Labour and the view of the First Secretary of State, which is to the effect that it would be mad to exercise such control? Unless he co-ordinates these statements the public will not be sensibly informed.

Mr. Wigg

The right hon. and learned Gentleman does not appear to have grasped the point. I am not responsible for such co-ordination.