HC Deb 14 January 1975 vol 884 cc77-8W
Q27. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the growing practice of Ministers in holding up ministeral announcements when a parliamentary recess is due so that the announcement cannot be made in the House of Commons; and whether he will arrange for all such announcements to be made when the House of Commons is in recess in a Committee Room at the House at which Members of Parliament may be present to question the Minister.

The Prime Minister

No. Where possible my colleagues seek to make announcements first to Parliament, but I would be prepared to consider my hon. Friend's suggestion in suitable cases if there was evidence that there was any general demand in the House for it.