Food Control Committees

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

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Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether members of food control committees who have personal interest in questions to be decided by the committee are entitled to vote upon such questions, or whether they are barred as interested parties?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

A member of a food control committee is not statutorily debarred from voting on any question which comes before that committee.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Does the hon. Gentleman not think it is more desirable that where personal interest comes in it should not be proper for members of food control committees to vote upon questions in which they are personally interested?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The difficulty might be that it would debar many if not most members of certain committees from voting on anything that came before them because the interests are so general.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Then choose a new committee.