HC Deb 19 June 1956 vol 554 cc78-9W
49. Mr. H. Wilson

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the practice whereby certain private Members, or other persons, have been informed of intended changes in taxation in advance of any intimation to the House; and if he will instruct all Ministers concerned that this practice must cease.

The Prime Minister

I am aware of the right hon. Gentlman's concern in this matter. As to changes which may be proposed during discussion of the Finance Bill, as of any other Bill, nothing should ever be said about Government intentions in circumstances where that could result in private gain. Subject to that, I think that Ministers must be allowed to use normal discretion, and that no fresh instruction is necessary.