HC Deb 05 December 1967 vol 755 cc1140-1
Dame Joan Vickers

On a point of order. I should like to draw your attention, Mr. Speaker, to a statement on 27th November, c. 68 of HANSARD, when the Minister of Defence referred to me, according to HANSARD, as the hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport.

The right hon. Gentleman has now written to me to say that he meant Portsmouth, West and was sending a copy of the letter to the Editor of the OFFICIAL REPORT, who, I gather, is making a correction. I have seen the Minister's brief, where Portsmouth, West was written. This had been changed in red ink by the HANSARD reporter to Plymouth, Devonport.

It is a pity that action was not taken to rectify the matter as the speech was being read through instead of its being left until I had sent the right hon. Gentleman a letter expressing the alarm and anxiety felt in my constituency about the mistake.

Mr. Speaker

I had a word with the Editor of the OFFICIAL REPORT about the matter which the hon. Lady has raised. The alteration which caused her distress, quite understandably, was made by the reporter, who judged from the context that he had made an error and who, therefore, corrected it and substituted the name of one port for the other. The error was made by the reporter. It will be corrected in the Bound Volume. I understand that the right hon. Gentleman has already written to the hon. Lady about it.