HC Deb 22 June 1965 vol 714 cc182-3W
66. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he is aware of the practice adopted by his Department of not extending an invitation to Members of Parliament with 20–30 years' membership of the House of Commons to the dinners, lunches and receptions given by his Department and of extending more than one such invitation to Members with a limited membership of the House of Commons; and whether he will take steps to change this practice.

Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

No. When extending invitations to Members of Parliament to attend receptions, luncheons and dinners, the majority of which are given for visiting Commonwealth personalities, careful consideration is given to individual Members' interest in any particular guest and the country he represents.