Oral Answers to Questions — Head of the Civil Service

– in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any further statement upon the divorcement of the position of head of the Civil Service from that of the head of the Treasury?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer which my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby (Mr. W. Brown) on 4th August.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is it a fact that so long as this gentleman holds the dual position, the head of the Treasury is, in effect, the Controller of Establishments in each Government Department?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

All these matters were considered before the appointment was made. The new lines of criticism which have developed were all explored and weighed. I should think some opportunity would occur during the course of the session when all matters like this might be debated.