Feeding-Stuffs Order (Proof Reading)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 25th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will give details of the disciplinary action that has been taken against the proof readers of an Order, dated 3rd November, 1942, amending the Feeding-Stuffs Order, 1942?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

In this particular case the officers in question have received an injunction, the general intention of which is to secure that they will not do it again.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Does not the hon. Gentleman realise that if a proof reader in a private firm made such puerile mistakes, he would get the sack; and why does he not make an example of these proof readers? What was the cost to the public of this error?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I scarcely think that that is fair. Two junior officers, in checking a very long and complicated schedule, omitted to observe in two cases that "licence" was spelt "linseed" and "make" spelt "cake." That is not an error which demands any such drastic action as the hon. Member suggests.