Radcliffe Committee (Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th March 1962.

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Photo of Mr Richard Marsh Mr Richard Marsh , Greenwich 12:00 am, 15th March 1962

asked the Prime Minister if he will give an assurance that disciplinary action has been taken against the superiors of George Blake during his employment in Berlin.

Photo of Mr William Griffiths Mr William Griffiths , Manchester Exchange

asked the Prime Minister when he expects that the report of the Radcliffe Committee on Security will be published.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

With permission, I will answer this Question and Question No. Q3 together.

Perhaps the hon. Gentlemen will be content to await a statement about the Radcliffe Report which I hope to make in the near future.

Photo of Mr Richard Marsh Mr Richard Marsh , Greenwich

Can the Prime Minister tell the House whether, when the Radcliffe Report is received by him, he intends to reveal the responsibility for this unfortunate state of affairs, or whether there will merely be a statement that many security factors are involved which cannot be revealed to the House?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I would rather not anticipate the statement. This is quite a complicated problem. In accordance with my undertaking, I have already been in touch with the Leader of the Opposition and some of his hon. Friends, and I hope to be able to make a statement very shortly.