Bacon and Ham Division (Mr. Calder)

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 what position Mr. Calder holds in his Ministry; and what were Mr. Calder's connections with bacon factories previous to his appointment?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

Mr. Calder is a head of branch in the Bacon and Ham Division of the Ministry. He had no connection with bacon factories before his appointment to this Ministry.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Will the Minister take steps to dissipate the idea, which is widely held, that Mr. Calder and Mr. Short are a law unto themselves and control the ham and bacon business of the country for the benefit of the big ham and bacon factories?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I scarcely think that that is a fair reflection to make on these officers: There is no doubt that they are doing their job competently and with integrity.