Oral Answers to Questions — Hackney Borough Council (Surcharge).

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

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the Minister of Health whether he has any further statement to make in respect of the surcharge on the Hackney Borough Council; and can he state the details of the expenditure in connection with which the surcharge was made?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I hope to be in a position shortly to give my decision on the application for relief from the persons surcharged. The expenditure in question relates to the purchase in the first week of the war of 30 bottles of brandy, 36 bottles of whisky, 18 bottles of gin, 16 bottles of vermouth, 60 bottles of soda water, 120 pints of ale and 8 crates of ale.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell me who were asked to the party?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I do not think I ought to add anything to the Answer which I have given, seeing that I have to make a decision upon the surcharge.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Does not an authority which keeps such a useless luxury as a Press representative deserve to have a surcharge?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Is the hon. Member for South Croydon (Sir H. Williams) jealous because he was not asked to the party?