HC Deb 29 April 1969 vol 782 c1155
Q6. Mr. Onslow

asked the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library copies of the reports he has received concerning the probable consequences of the reports of the Parliamentary Boundary Commission.

The Prime Minister

The reports to which I referred in the House on 17th April were oral reports. [Vol. 781, c. 1324.]

Mr. Onslow

Since the sources of these reports are scarcely impartial, and since they seem to reach the improbable conclusion that the consequences would be highly marginal, is the right hon. Gentleman really asking the House and country to take his word for their validity?

Hon. Members


The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman will know that reports of this kind are usually on the pessimistic side, and not as he has suggested. I mentioned this in the course of exchanges at Question Time last week because of a widespread legend to the contrary. I referred to oral reports I had received from someone with experience in this direction who takes a different view.