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Radcliffe Report

Volume 650: debated on Thursday 30 November 1961

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Q2.

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now make a statement on the Radcliffe Report.

Perhaps, before answering this Question, I may be allowed to add my tribute to the greatest of my predecessors.

I have just received the Report of the Radcliffe Committee. I will make a statement when I have had time to study it.

In view of the great interest of my hon. Friend the Member for Tynemouth (Dame Irene Ward) in those living on small fixed incomes and the rather surprising interest which she is taking in spies and the espionage service, would not my right hon. Friend think it wise to tell my hon. Friend here and now that spies do not normally live on small fixed incomes? May I ask further, whether, if the Radcliffe Committee has not altogether concluded its investigations, it might be desirable to ask it to inquire into the origin and hidden purposes behind the design of the hon. Lady's "50 megaton" hat? Might not it form a useful basis for an anti-missile missile?