Messrs. T. P. Bennett and Son (Fees).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the amount of fees paid or credited to the firm of Messrs. T. P. Bennett and Son during the year 1941 by his Department?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

The total fees paid to Messrs. T. P. Bennett and Son by the Admiralty for the calendar year 1941 amounted to £22,242.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is the Minister aware that this is the same firm that obtained many thousands of pounds in profits for architectural services to the Ministry of Works and Buildings, that a partner of this firm is Director of Works in that Department and receives £250 a year expenses as Director of Works, and will the Minister take some interest in this, matter, which is a gross public scandal?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

This firm has been employed by the Admiralty for a considerable number of years and has given every satisfaction.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

It is better to make use of a firm that one knows.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Does not the Minister thin it is better to trust one he does not know, when the one he knows works for another Ministry—