HC Deb 17 July 1961 vol 644 cc865-6
11. Mr. Houghton

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he has invited a delegation from the National Social Security Office in Prague to visit this country; when he expects the delegation to arrive; for what period they will stay; and what arrangements will be made for them to see the working of his Department.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The Czechoslovak National Social Security Office has accepted an invitation to send a small party of officials to this country to study the work of my Department. I expect them to come in September for about 10 to 14 days. Arrangements will be made for them to visit my Central Office at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and to study other aspects of my Department's work.

Mr. Houghton

In thanking the Minister for that favourable reply, may I ask whether he will arrange for the delegation to meet hon. Members of this House, on both sides who are interested in social security?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

If it is possible, I should like to do so; but the time of year which I have given in my main Answer is not necessarily convenient for all hon. Members.