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.
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?
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.