Oral Answers to Questions — B.O.a.C. (Director-General)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Air, whether, in view of the fact that the present salary and expenses of the Director-General of the B.O.A.C. have now been stated, he will say what the salary and expenses, respectively, were for each year since his appointment.

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I am informed by the Corporation that they fixed the present salary of the Director-General at the time of his appointment. i.e. in May, 1943, and that it has not been varied since. The amount of his expense allowance has likewise not been varied in respect of service at home. Between June and October, 1943, a slightly higher rate was authorised by the Corporation in respect of service abroad, since when there has been no variation.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Are we to understand that the expenses allowance of £1,000 a year is a purely personal matter while serving at home?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I think my answer is quite plain. There is no trap or trick about it. He receives a salary of £5,000 a year and the allowance of £1,000 a year has not been varied since October, 1943. I am asked about a variation. The only slight variation occurred between June and October, 1943, in respect of foreign travel.