asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings what was the total sum during the year ended 31st December, 1941, or other convenient date, reimbursed to Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners in respect of salaries and expenses of staff quantity surveyors and special consultants over and above the fee of £15,000; and what was the total value of the work allocated to this firm on behalf of the Ministry during the same period?
It is estimated that the expenditure on salaries and expenses of professional and clerical staff and fees of quantity surveyors and sub-consultants from the commencement of the work, December, 1940, until 31st March, 1942, will amount to £358,000. The value of the work carried out under the direction of the firm during the same period is estimated to amount to £8,700,000.
Is it not a fact that the Director of Works is a partner in a firm which is in contractual relations with the Minister and that the Director of Standardisation is also in the same position? Will not the hon. Gentleman investigate this matter and stop this crying public scandal?
The hon. Gentleman is asking me another question now. He first asked me whether the Director-General resigned his association with his firm at the time he became a member of the Department. There is another Question on the Paper about the hon. Gentleman's second point.