Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments (Personnel).

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

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Prime Minister in what Department the services of Sir Charles Hambro, Lord Bearsted, Captain Lionel Montague, Mr. Brien Clarke, and Mr. H. Sporborg are now employed; and what is their correct military rank?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

It would not be in the public interest to give the information asked for by my hon. Friend.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The right hon. Gentleman has said that it would not be in the public interest to give the information.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

On a point of Order. If a Minister says that it is not in the public interest, cannot that be questioned?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

It is as well sometimes to give a Minister credit for knowing what is in the public interest.