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Personal Statement

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I rise to make a brief personal statement and a withdrawal.

In the course of supplementary questions on 26th May, I made some observations about a mental hospital in Birmingham, and later, when the accuracy of my remarks was questioned, I asserted that my information had come from the chairman of the hospital concerned. Further inquiries have shown me that, while the facts were precisely as I stated them to the House, the information was not supplied, as I then understood, by the chairman of that hospital. In fairness to the man concerned, I feel it only right to withdraw that statement. The error was entirely mine, and I apologise for misleading the House.