Oral Answers to Questions — Farnborough Hospital (Miss Brownlow).

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Minister of Health under what authority the gratuity of £500 is offered to Miss Brownlow, of Farnborough Hospital?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

After considering all the circumstances, I have informed the county council that I am prepared to approve the payment of a gratuity in this case. The sanction would be given under Section 228 (1) of the Local Government Act, 1933.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

In view of the fact that there is no complaint, or charge, whatever against the character or efficiency of this lady, how does my right hon. Friend justify her dismissal? Does not the fact that he has given a gratuity exonerate her completely? Will he have an inquiry made?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

My hon. Friend has sent me a letter, and I have sent him a long reply. Perhaps he will consider that reply.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

As the reply is most unsatisfactory, I beg to give notice that I will raise the matter on the Adjournment.