Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury Ministers

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20 December 1956.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00, 20 December 1956

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the need particularly of overseas representation, he will consider the appointment of a Minister of State at the Treasury who would be able to relieve the Chancellor of some of his burdens.

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend already has the able assistance of the Financial Secretary and the Economic Secretary; and he can, and he does whenever appropriate, depute one of them to represent him at conferences overseas.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Does my right hon. Friend not consider that the prestige of the Treasury Minister would be enhanced if he had Privy Councillor status?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I should like to say that when I was an Under-Secretary I was not unduly bothered about that, and I do not think that the right hon. Gentleman opposite was either.