Burgess and Maclean

Oral Answers to Questions — Csotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th October 1955.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 25th October 1955

asked the Prime Minister whether he will move to appoint a Select Committee to investigate the circumstances of the disappearance of Burgess and Maclean in particular, and the efficiency of Civil Service security arrangements in general.

Lieu1.-Colonel Lipton:

Has the Prime Minister made up his mind to cover up at all costs the dubious third man activities of Mr. Harold Philby, who was First Secretary at the Washington Embassy a little while ago; and is he determined to stifle all discussion on the very great matters which were evaded in the wretched White Paper, which is an insult to the intelligence of the country?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

My answer was "No" to the hon. and gallant Member's Question, which was not about all that but asked for the appointment of a Select Committee. My answer remains "No." So far as the wider issues raised in the supplementary question are concerned, the Government take the view that it is desirable to have a debate, and an early debate, on this subject, in which I as Prime Minister will be glad to take part.

Photo of Mr Alfred Robens Mr Alfred Robens , Blyth

Has the Prime Minister made any investigation as to the reason why briefs supplied by Foreign Office officials to Ministers answering Questions in this House have been at so much variance with the facts of the case?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

That seems to be one of the matters which might well be raised in the debate.