HC Deb 09 February 1971 vol 811 cc259-60
4. Mr. Eadie

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations on matters for which he is responsible he has received from the Housewives' League; and what reply he has sent.

Mr. Prior

As I have previously told the hon. Member and other hon. Members, this type of information is not readily available and cannot be obtained without disproportionate cost.—[Vol. 809, c. 239; Vol. 808, c. 59–60.]

Mr. Eadie

The right hon. Gentleman has answered the wrong Question, I believe.

Mr. Prior

No; I have answered No. 4.

Mr. Eadie rose

Mr. Wellbeloved rose

Mr. Speaker

Order. The hon. Member for Midlothian (Mr. Eadie) must make up his mind whether he wants to ask a supplementary question.

Mr. Eadie

I thought that the right hon. Gentleman could not make up his mind. I was trying to assist him. Are we to take it from his answer that we must regard the Housewives' League as a Tory front organisation which protests only when Administrations other than Tory ones are in office?

Mr. Prior

It is obvious from that supplementary question that I gave the right answer. We get a large number of letters on a variety of subjects. Although they are all answered, an immense cost would be involved if we attempted to tabulate them all so that we knew exactly the organisations from which they came and the topics which they raised.

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