HC Deb 05 February 1968 vol 758 c50
The Minister of State, Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Niall MacDermot)

In winding up the debate on 29th January on the growth of the bureaucracy, I referred to an assertion that the right hon. Gentleman, the Member for Kingston-upon-Thames (Mr. Boyd-Carpenter) had made in a previous debate that there could be saving of up to £75 million in capital expenditure by the abolition of the Land Commission. In my reply I said As a former Chief Secretary he ought to to know better than that, and I think he does. It is a phoney figure ".—[OFICIAL REPORT, 29th January, 1968; Vol. 757, c. 1015.] I then gave the reasons why I thought the figure was misleading.

The right hon. Gentleman has asked me to retract what I said. In so far as my words suggest that he knowingly misled the House, I gladly do so. I have apologised to the right hon. Gentleman for not giving him prior notice that I would refer to him in the debate.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I thank the hon. and learned Member for that courteous apology and withdrawal, which of course I have the greatest pleasure in accepting.