Raw Materials' Controllers

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Minister of Supply whether, following the lead of the Minister of Works and Planning, he will cause all Controllers in his Department to dissociate themselves for the duration of the war from the firms to which they belong?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

All Controllers appointed to the Raw Materials Controls are required as a condition of their appointment to cease from active participation in business enterprises which are in any way connected with the industry whose materials they are controlling during the tenure of their posts.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Am I to understand from my right hon. Friend that their remuneration is paid to them by his Department and not by the firms with which they are associated?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I replied recently to a Question by my hon. Friend, indicating how many Controllers were paid by the State and how many were not.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Can my right hon. Friend explain to this House why, in view of the fact that the remuneration paid to these people has to be included in the cost of goods which the Government purchase, there is any objection whatsoever to his Department paying them and taking over proper control of them?

Photo of Mr Austin Hopkinson Mr Austin Hopkinson , Mossley

Can the right hon. Gentleman inform us whether these gentlemen will take part in the share-out after the war?

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

In view of the unsatisfactory position, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible opportunity.