HC Deb 26 May 1966 vol 729 cc724-5
Q6. Mr. Ian Gilmour

asked the Prime Minister what official facilities are given to Mr. Gerald Kaufman at Number 10 Downing Street.

The Prime Minister

None, Sir.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

Is it not a matter of serious concern that after the Prime Minister's own pressure on the television services a member of his household should on his behalf attempt to censor a book?

The Prime Minister

Apart from the fact that the preamble to the question is completely wrong, the second part of the question is also wrong. There was no attempt to censor a book, nor is it anything to do with the Question, because there are no official facilities being used. So far as the hon. Gentleman's point is concerned, all that is desired is that if people are going to quote HANSARD they should quote it correctly.

Mr. Hamling

Will my right hon. Friend tell the House what official facilities have been given in No. 10 Downing Street in recent years to editors of the Spectator?

The Prime Minister

None, Sir, to any who currently hold the position of editor of the Spectator, though I do find that there were official facilities given to a number of speech writers, one of whom later, I think, became editor of the Spectator. But we do not have that kind of patronage on this side of the House.

Mr. Ian Gilmour rose

Mr. Speaker

Order. Only one supplementary per person.

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