Joint Parliamentary Secretaries to the Treasury.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 17th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Prime Minister the respective duties of the Joint Patronage Secretaries to the Treasury, and whether they share offices at 12, Downing Street, or elsewhere?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The principal duties of the Joint Parliamentary Secretaries to the Treasury, who share offices at 12, Downing Street, are to make all arrangements necessary for the conduct of Parliamentary Business.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

May I ask whether the two Patronage Secretaries will be working in close collaboration in future, or whether they will continue to gaze at each other from opposite sides of the House?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I am not aware that gazing at each other prevents collaboration.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Is there any greater need for two Patronage Secretaries than for two Prime Ministers?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

As they will be both ends of the usual channels, would it not save time if they sat together?