§ 69. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether she is aware of the practice adopted by her Department over the years 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 arranged by her Department, and of extending such invitations on more than one occasion to Members with a very limited membership of the House of Commons; and whether in the future she will take steps to change this practice.
§ Mrs. Castle
When inviting Members of Parliament to attend receptions, luncheons and dinners, the majority of which are given for overseas personalities, careful consideration is given to individual Members' interests both in the subjects with which any particular guest may be concerned and in the country he represents.