Judgment, Court of Appeal

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Minister of Supply if his attention has been drawn to the judgment of the Court of Appeal, dated 8th December, 1944, in Reece versus Ministry of Supply and Ministry of Works and Planning, in which the Court commented gravely upon the levity, coupled with insistence, with which categorical statements were made on the instructions of the Ministry of Supply and which the court considered to be contrary to the high traditions of our Civil Service; and if, in connection therewith, disciplinary action or other has been taken to remedy the position disclosed.

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

Yes, Sir. The statements in question, which related to the nature of employment, were made by the solicitors acting for the Ministry of Supply in a compensation case on incorrect information supplied by the manager of a mine operated on behalf of the Ministry. I am having the whole matter carefully considered and will communicate with my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

Would the right hon. Gentleman find out why his Department, after the matter had been re-investigated, still insisted that the information they had given was correct?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

That is not my information, but I am having it fully investigated.