Colonial Development Corporation (Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1951.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin 12:00 am, 2nd May 1951

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action he proposes to take following the criticisms of the former management revealed in the Annual Report of the Colonial Development Corporation.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelli

Matters of management are the responsibility of the Corporation who are, as the Report indicates, overhauling their organisation with a view to the elimination of the shortcomings of which admission is made.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

If the right hon. Gentleman accepts responsibility for the veracity of this Report, which I presume he does, does he not consider that some of the facts revealed in it reflect very seriously on the mismanagement of public funds by the former Chairman? Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to take any action?

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelli

I have referred the hon. Member to the Report itself, which contains proposals for the re-organisation of the Corporation. This is a subject which cannot be discussed by question and answer. Presumably we shall at some time have an opportunity of discussing it in the House.

Photo of Sir Walter Fletcher Sir Walter Fletcher , Bury and Radcliffe

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that the responsibility was not only that of the Chairman but of the directors, and does he propose making any changes in the Board, for whose appointment he is responsible?

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelli

That is another question.