Nationalised Industries (Boards)

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

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Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East 12:00 am, 17th December 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give a list of members of nationalised boards appointed by him who also serve on the boards of public companies, listing the companies concerned.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

Members of nationalised boards are listed in the standard works of reference, and any directorships held by them can also be readily ascertained from such sources.

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East

Why will not the Secretary of State answer the Question? Quite a number of Questions put in this House can be answered by referring to books of reference. This is a specific question concerning members of boards for which he is responsible. Could he give the information? If he did, would he not find that certain members of the boards are also members of public companies?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

While one always tries to help hon. Members who ask Questions. I really think that if Questions. are put down seeking information readily available elsewhere, it would take a disproportionate amount of time and work in the Department to meet those requests.