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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1959.

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Mr. Butler:

I did not say that an apology had been sent to Sub-Committee F or to the main Committee. I said that my right hon. Friend had made an expression of regret, and I said in reply to the right hon. Member for Lewisham, South (Mr. H. Morrison) that I would discuss with my right hon. Friend whether it could be put through more orthodox channels than has been done already. We must not exaggerate this matter. My right hon. Friend was submitted to considerable criticism. He has been responsible for a very fine forward programme, and he undoubtedly felt somewhat put out by the criticisms. I have undertaken to discuss the matter of apology with him, and I am sure that hon. Members will not wish to press the point any further.