Oral Answers to Questions — Local Authorities (Salaried Officers)

– in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Minister of Health whether he will call for a return from all local authorities giving a list of the names of all their salaried officials, how many hold more than one appointment, details of each appointment so held, the salary and allowances received from each appointment, and the total received by each individual; and will he place a copy in the Library?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I should not be justified in asking local authorities to devote the time and labour required for the preparation of the suggested return.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

In view of the fact that these figures are easily and readily available, does not the right hon. Gentleman think they would afford startling revelations not only to him but to the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I think the hon. Gentleman is optimistic. One authority alone would have to consider more than 25,000 cases.