§ 2.56 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any report has so far been made by the Wolfenden Committee on prostitution, how long the Committee has been sitting, and when Her Majesty's Government expect to be able to make a statement.]
§ THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION (VISCOUNT HAILSHAM)
My Lords, the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution have not yet reported. They began work in September, 1954, but while they are believed to be nearing the end of their labours, it is not yet possible to say when the report will be presented.
§ THE EARL OF LISTOWEL
My Lords, I agree with the noble Viscount that these things take a long time, but this does seem to be rather longer than normal. I wonder whether he would consider asking the Committee to produce an Interim Report, say, by the end of this year.
§ VISCOUNT HAILSHAM
My Lords, I am not sure whether this is a matter on which an Interim Report would be of much value. I should have thought it better to get the right answer than a quick one.