Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade (MR. Haydn Davies and MR. Francis Meynell).

– in the House of Commons on 19th May 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the President of the Board of Trade the remuneration of Mr. Haydn Davies, the press officer; and whether this gentleman is still employed on the staff of the "Star" newspaper?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Mr. Haydn Davies is a member of the staff of the "Star" newspaper and has been released for part-time duties in the Board of Trade. His salary is £500 per annum.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Are we to understand that Mr. Davies is still on the staff of the "Star" and is working for the "Star"?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

He is working part-time for the Board of Trade and I understand he is also working part-time for the "Star."

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is it not very undesirable that a man working for a newspaper should at the same time be in a confidential position in a Government office?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I do not think there has been any ground for complaint up to now. I think it is working quite satisfactorily.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Are there other cases of people on the right hon. Gentleman's staff who are also working part-time for newspapers?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

No, Sir; this is the only case.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Mr. Francis Meynell reports to the Board of Trade on the effect of various measures taken to control the production and consumption of essential articles of clothing and household goods. The title of his post is Adviser on Consumer Needs. He is unpaid.

Photo of Mr Austin Hopkinson Mr Austin Hopkinson , Mossley

What qualifications has he?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

He is a director of Mather & Crowther, Ltd., and has been working at the Board of Trade, giving great satisfaction to me and to my predecessors since the summer of 1940.

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

Does my right hon. Friend also agree that he is an extremely able and intellectual man?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

He is very able. The word "intellectual" is sometimes misused.