Sixteen Members of this House have been given Certificates by me under the House of Commons Disqualification (Temporary Provisions) Acts, and one Member is now an Ambassador, making a total of 17. The number of Parliamentary Private Secretaries may, I understand, be put at 36.
So far as Members who have been given appointments under the Act of Parliament are concerned. I think it not only desirable but extremely advantageous to the service of the country during the exceptional period through which we are passing. I asked the House for these powers and gave full reasons. I think I have used them with restraint and well within the limits assigned by the House. I am sure there has been great advantage to the public from their use. It is not a practice that one could imagine continuing in normal times. As to the number of Parliamentary Private Secretaries, the House has been well aware of the practice which has grown up over many years, and I do not see that there is the slightest reason to object to it. It is a well-established practice.