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Oral Answers to Questions — Government Information Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th April 1957.

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Dr. Hill:

The general survey of existing overseas services has been completed, and suggestions for their modification are now being sifted.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

Would the right hon. Gentleman tell the House in what form he proposes to make this report. Will it, for example, be available to hon. Members in the form of a White Paper?

Dr. Hill:

I did reply earlier to that Question. While I am unable as yet to give a firm indication of the form of the Report, it will, of course, give an indication of the Government's decisions and conclusions.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Could the Minister tell us whether he is handling publicity and information about the Budget, and will he see to it that hon. Members are supplied with reasons why the Government reduced taxation for the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury by £520 a year, so that we may answer the questions which are put to us by old-age pensioners?

Dr. Hill:

The Question relates to overseas information services.

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that no fundamental changes in these services will be made, particularly in the overseas services, before the House has been informed of the Government's proposals and has an opportunity of debating them?

Dr. Hill:

The question as to debate is not for me. I have told the hon. Gentleman before that an indication of the Government's conclusions and decisions will be reported to this House.