Questions in Parliament

Questions in Parliament

Questions in Parliament

Questions in Parliament

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I started work on this book as long ago as 1952. Already, however, I was very much preoccupied with the development of Nuffield College and when, in October 1964, I became Warden, this and other responsibilities caused five full years to pass very quickly and left me with very little time for research and writing. On more than one occasion I thought of abandoning the project. Fortunately, the College provided excellent research assistance. Miss Gweneth Gutch (now Mrs. R. Lloyd) was my Research Assistant until 1955 during which time she was also of great help to Lord Morrison of Lambeth in the preparation of the first edition of his Government and Parliament. Mrs. Nona Bowring was my Research Assistant for over four years and her enthusiasm and persistence carried the work along when others might have been tempted to give it up.

A book of this kind could not have been written without the great help of many busy people. The Clerk of the House, Sir Edward Fellowes, and his staff have been particularly helpful. There cannot be a body of public servants anywhere more interested in their craft and its history and more helpful than the staff of the House of Commons. They carry on the great tradition of Sir Thomas Erskine May in being both practitioners and scholars. Sir Charles Harris, with his unique and long experience of the working of 'the usual channels', was also of great help. Members of Parliament and civil servants have also given generously of their advice and experience. Several of my academic colleagues read and criticized the typescript in an early stage. To all these and many others we gratefully acknowledge our thanks.

My wife and I particularly wish to thank the Rockefeller Foundation for allowing us the gracious facilities of the Villa Serbelloni during the summer of 1960. Five weeks in such comfort and surroundings (with only one telephone call!) were ideal for writing and enabled me to make very substantial progress.

D.N.C.

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