§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Lord President of the Council (1) if any of the organisations he consulted prior to the publication of the Referendum White Paper either suggested or supported the proposal that a Government information unit would provide interpretation of the terms renegotiated by Her Majesty's Government;
(2) which bodies, of those he consulted prior to the publication of the Referendum White Paper, suggested or assented to the proposition that the main campaign organisations might reply to common questions in a possible leaflet to be distributed by Her Majesty's Government;
(3) if he will publish in the Official Report the texts of any suggestions he received from organisations he consulted, concerning the question to be placed on the ballot paper for the referendum, together with the name of the respective organisations concerned.
§ Mr. Edward Short:
My discussions with the organisations concerned were confidential, but the Government took account of their views in the preparation of the White Paper on the referendum (Command 5925).