Directorate-General of Works (General Manager)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Malcolm Macpherson Mr Malcolm Macpherson , Stirling and Falkirk Burghs 12:00 am, 17th December 1957

asked the Minister of Works the terms on which he appointed one of his officials as General Manager of the Directorate-General of Works.

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

The General Manager, who is an established civil servant, will be paid the same salary as a Deputy Secretary.

Photo of Mr Malcolm Macpherson Mr Malcolm Macpherson , Stirling and Falkirk Burghs

The right hon. Gentleman does not say, however, how long he has been told that he may hold the position. Does he recall that last week on this subject he said, in the first place, that it was unfortunate that a professional candidate whom he could accept did not apply, and, in the second place, that this was an administrative job and that there was no need of professional qualifications? May we know which of those two points of view represents the Minister's firm view about this post?

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

I hold both views simultaneously and equally strongly.