Edmondsley Parish Council, Durham.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 2nd August 1922.

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Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

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asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet received the auditor's report on the accounts of the Edmondsley Parish Council, county Durham; and, if so, whether he will indicate the nature of that report?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

The district auditor discovered serious defalcations on the part of the late assistant overseer, and the latter has since been convicted of forgery and embezzlement. The auditor's final report was deferred pending the trial, but he has made an interim report in which he states that he has come to the conclusion that the members of the parish council had not acted corruptly or been in collusion with the assistant overseer.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some few days ago the hon. and gallant Gentleman the Member for Gateshead (Brigadier - General Surtees) in this House charged this council with the misapplication of funds, and of expenditure without sanction? May I take it, in view of the answer of the right hon. Gentleman, that that has absolutely no foundation?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I did not hear the statement of the hon. and gallant Gentleman; but the district auditor, as I have said, has been into this question, and what he says would appear to bear out what the hon. Gentleman has just said.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

May I ask your ruling, Mr. Speaker, in regard to this matter'? May I explain—[HON. MEMBERS: "Speech!"]

Mr. SPEAKER:

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put his point to me at the end of Questions.

At the end of Questions:

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

I was going to ask your ruling, Sir, on a question put by the hon. and gallant Member for Gateshead, which implied a serious charge against a certain parish council, as will be seen by the answer. In view of the fact that the hon. and gallant Gentleman is not in his place, I propose to waive my right to ask your ruling on the matter till such time as he is present.