Paymaster-General (Official Residence)

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr Robert Cooke Mr Robert Cooke , Bristol West 12:00 am, 25th May 1965

asked the Prime Minister whether he will provide an official residence for the Paymaster-General.

Photo of Mr Robert Cooke Mr Robert Cooke , Bristol West

Would it not be more convenient for all concerned if the Paymaster-General were to move in to Number 10 on a permanent residential basis?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

I hope that the hon. Gentleman one day will get over this love-hate relationship for the Paymaster-General. I really think that he has now had a good run on this. He has not got very much out of it. I feel that the rather limited time available for Questions could be better used dealing with Questions which seek information in reply to which information is given, as with Question Number 2 this afternoon.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

May we now assume that the Prime Minister regards any further questions on this subject of the Paymaster-General as tedious, irrelevant, boring and more and more juvenile?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

No, Sir. I will—

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport , Knutsford

On a point of order. Some time ago, Mr. Speaker, you in your wisdom reproached me for using too many adjectives. The hon. Member for Brixton (Mr. Lipton) used four.

Photo of Sir Harry Hylton-Foster Sir Harry Hylton-Foster , Cities of London and Westminster

The hon. and gallant Gentleman is right, except that I did not reprove him. I pointed out that a supplementary question containing unnecessary adjectives was actually out of order. I am of opinion that the same consideration applied to the question just asked by the hon. Member for Brixton (Mr. Lipton) and that it was out of order on another ground, but I thought that on the whole we could get on quicker if I left it alone.

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

Am I in order in answering it?

Photo of Sir Harry Hylton-Foster Sir Harry Hylton-Foster , Cities of London and Westminster

It excuses the Prime Minister from answering, unless he has a strong urge of an emotional character to do so.

Photo of Mr David Webster Mr David Webster , Weston-Super-Mare

As the First Lord of the Admiralty now has no known function, would not the Admiralty building be appropriate for the Paymaster-General?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

The hon. Gentleman will find, after that very clever supplementary Question, that it was dealt with a few weeks ago.