Oral Answers to Questions — National Service Entertainments Board.

– in the House of Commons on 18th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Prime Minister who are the members of the National Service Entertainments Board; and why have they met only once in nine months?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The following are the members of the National Service Entertainments Board:

The right hon. Lord May, K.B.E., Chairman. Colonel Frank Benson, C.V.O., C.B.E., General Manager of N.A.A.F.I. Captain R. W. Blacklock, D.S.C., R.N., Admiralty. Lieut.-Colonel P. H. L. Brough, M.C., War Office. C. H. Lefebure, Esq., O.B.E., Treasury Finance Officer. Air-Commodore Harold Peake, Air Ministry. F. W. H. Smith, Esq., C.I.E., Ministry of Labour and National Service. Sir Robert S. Wood, K.B.E., C.B., Board of Education.

The day-to-day work of the Board is carried out largely by the Chairman with the assistance of the Treasury Finance Officer and the Secretary. The Board itself meets whenever a question arises which in the opinion of the Chairman or any member needs consideration by the whole Board. The Finance and Organisation Committee of the Board meet regularly once a month.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Does that not amount to this position, that this Board is really Lord May, and that it depends entirely on him when the Board is called together, and would my right hon. Friend consider disbanding bodies which serve no useful purpose?

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable dissatisfaction throughout the Forces as to the entertainment provided by this organisation?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

That is another question, but I will certainly bring the point put by my hon. Friend to the persons concerned.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Does my right hon. Friend suggest that there has been reason for this Board to meet once only in almost 12 months?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I understand that the Board met on 19th November, 1941, and also on 16th March of this year; that makes two meetings.