Oral Answers to Questions — Newly Developing Territories

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South 12:00 am, 12th December 1957

asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint a Minister of Cabinet rank with sole responsibility for economic and social relations with newly developing territories, both directly and through the United Nations Special Agencies.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

No, Sir. While I sympathise with the hon. Gentleman's objects, I think the method he proposes would not improve, but rather hamper, the development of policies which already form an important part of the work of leading Ministers.

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

Is not this field of policy being tragically neglected? Since six Ministers are involved, is it not a case of "too many cooks spoil the broth," especially as some of the cooks are not very good?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman has put forward his proposal in good faith. From such experience as I have, I can say that as this is a matter which concerns the Treasury, the Foreign Office and other offices, it is not a good plan to put up a Minister in addition. It is much better to operate through the normal cooperation of the Ministers of Departments.