§ 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 78W 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.