HC Deb 13 July 1960 vol 626 cc112-3W
67. Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Report of the Proceedings of the 11th Ordinary Session of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, held at Strasbourg between 21st and 27th April, 1959, was only presented to Parliament on 30th June, 1960, and, in view of the small value to Parliament of a Report about such proceedings fifteen months in arrear, whether he will arrange for Parliament to be given more up-to-date information about the proceedings at Strasbourg.

Mr. R. Allan

The hon. Gentleman is mistaken in his dates. The 11th Session of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe did not in fact end until January of this year. In any event, the White Paper is not meant to be a record of the Assembly's proceedings. This is catered for by placing official records of the proceedings of the Assembly in the Library of the House on a day-to-day basis. The White Paper provides only a summary report in a convenient form for reference, and immediate publication is not therefore essential.