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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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Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South 12:00 am, 23rd July 1959

Whatever may be the merits of the dispute or apparent dispute between the Minister and the Select Committee, would not the Leader of the House agree that it is most inappropriate for Ministers to speak in this way outside the House about the Report of a Select Committee? Does the right hon. Gentleman really feel that this half-hearted apology, or so-called apology, made in this House is adequate? Would it not be far better for the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to write a letter of apology to the Chairman of the Select Committee on Estimates? I feel sure that if that were done my hon. Friends and members of the Committee would be satisfied.