Government Policy (Consultation with Members of Parliament)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a repre1.entative group of members of Congress has been set up to advise and help with the formulation of plans for the maintenance of peace; and whether he proposes to inaugurate a system whereby representative Members of this House can assist the Executive in such matters on which it is desirable to enlist the active co-operation of all political parties and groups.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "Yes, Sir." As regards the second part, I do not at present see any reason to change the existing system whereby His Majesty's Government are able to take advantage of many valuable suggestions made by hon. Members at Question Time, in the course of debate, and in other ways.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

What becomes of this position when His Majesty's Government take no notice at all of what hon. Members may say?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is my right hon. Friend aware that we appreciate very much his tribute to hon. Members at Question Time?