HC Deb 05 August 1965 vol 717 cc1853-4
4. Mr. Box

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has for giving increased information in the future about Welsh affairs and the work of his Department.

Mr. Finch

The former Welsh Office of the Central Office of Information has become the Information Division of the Welsh Office and my right hon. Friend has asked it to give the fullest possible information about the work of his Department and about Welsh affairs generally.

Mr. Box

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many people feel that Wales is faring worse rather than better since the appointment of his right hon. Friend? For example, is the hon. Gentleman aware that a day for discussion of Welsh affairs for the first time for many years has been relegated to the dregs of this Session? Is this not derisory treatment of the new approach to Welsh affairs which we were promised prior to the election?

Mr. Finch

We used to have complaints at one time because Welsh affairs were debated at the end of the Session before the Summer Recess and left to the fag end of the Session, but now we shall have a day to debate them as soon as we come back before the Session ends. On the general point, if there is any information that we can supply to the hon. Member. we shall do so.