Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Information Services (Committee)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East 12:00 am, 30th July 1952

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for that reply, and expressing the hope that this is a rather belated repentance about the drastic cuts which took place in the overseas services, may I ask him whether the expert advisory committee which it is proposed to appoint will consist of independent and impartial persons—that they will be outside the Departments concerned—that they will not be Ministers but will be independent and impartial?

Could I also ask him whether, when he stated that the cost would be at the present level, he meant that the services will be maintained at their present level and will, therefore, be protected against any increase in cost which takes place before the report is published?