Oral Answers to Questions — Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners (Reimbursement and Fee).

– in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings what is the value of consultative fees credited or paid to the firm of Messrs. Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners from 1st January, 1941?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners are reimbursed their costs in respect of salaries and expenses of staff, quantity surveyors and specialist consultants, together with a fee of £15,000 per annum to cover all work which they supervise on behalf of the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Supply.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Can my hon. Friend say what amount was paid in the computation of salaries?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

Many millions of pounds' worth of work has been carried out. The fees paid to Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners are expenses of staff for quantity surveyors and specialist consultants, together with a fee amounting to £15,000 per annum to cover all work for the Ministry of Supply and my own Department.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

But what do the earlier fees amount to?

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Who decides the amount of the salaries and consultative fees? Has there been, in any single case, any reduction enforced by the Government, and how much larger are the fees now than they were 12 months ago?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

That is a different question.