Regional Boards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Production. – in the House of Commons on 17th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the Minister of Production how many of the new regional controllers have been appointed; how many remain to be appointed; and when he hopes the new regional organisation will be in full operation?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

I have been asked to reply. No appointments have yet been made, but a number of suitable persons have been interviewed and provisional selections have already been made for all but two of the posts. The appointments will be made very shortly, and I hope that the reconstitution of the Regional Boards will be complete before the end of the present month. In the meantime, the existing Boards are continuing to function.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Can my right hon. Friend say why there has been this abnormal delay in carrying out something which the House has desired for more than two years?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

The selection of personel for these Boards is a very important matter. It is a matter to be dealt with after due consideration of a large number of possibilities, and I can assure the House there has been no avoidable delay.