Executive Committee (Chairman and Deputy Chairman)

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd October 1945.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 22nd October 1945

asked the Minister of War Transport what functions are performed by him, as chairman, and by the deputy chairman of the Railway Executive Committee.

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

The Railway Executive Committee are my agents for the purpose of giving directions under the Railway Control Order and I exercise my powers of control through them. As chairman I reserve the right to preside at any of the meetings of the Committee, a course which enables me to maintain close personal touch with the members individually and corporately. The deputy chairman presides in my absence and is responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the Committee's affairs, consulting me as necessary.

Photo of Viscount  Hinchingbrooke Viscount Hinchingbrooke , Dorset Southern

Does the Minister maintain that his right to give such direction will be kept on indefinitely?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

I would not like to use the word "indefinitely," but as to claiming that right, the answer is definitely "Yes."