Divisional Petroleum Officers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Colegate Mr Arthur Colegate , The Wrekin

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many divisional petroleum officers there are; how many, in the last three months, have resigned; how many have been dismissed; and how many there are whose position is under consideration at the present time?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

There are 15 divisional petroleum officers. During the past three months three have resigned and the appointment of one other has been terminated to my regret on the grounds of grave illness; none has been dismissed. The position of one divisional petroleum officer is under consideration at the moment.

Photo of Mr Arthur Colegate Mr Arthur Colegate , The Wrekin

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that this indicates a very serious breakdown in the Department concerned?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

I think the matter is being dealt with.