§ 36. Mr. Marten
asked the Paymaster-General if he will take steps to improve the co-ordination of home information services; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Marten
If the right hon. Gentleman is satisfied with the Department, what does he do? Does he have any responsibility for security? If so, can he explain why a temporary secretary was employed who was engaged to and subsequently married a card-carrying member of the Communist Party—and employed in No. 10 Downing Street? Was she positively vetted?
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
In view of the right hon. Gentleman's Answer, "No", in the first case, can he not say what he has been up to in the last 18 months?
§ Mr. Wigg
That, again, is a question which should be put to the Prime Minister. [HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"] It is customary, I understand, under all Administrations that Ministers without Portfolio perform such duties as the Prime Minister may direct. That applied in the last Administration as in this. If hon. Members are curious as to my responsibilities, they should therefore ask the Prime Minister. On the point about my negative Answer, I have no responsi- 28 bility for departmental information. I have answered by giving the correct answer—and that is "No, Sir".
§ Dame Irene Ward
On a point of order. May I ask the right hon. Gentleman how the Question got on to the Order Paper if he has no responsibility for it, in view of the rules of the House?
§ Mr. Marten
In view of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible opportunity.