Is not the vicechairmanship of the new Economic Council of such importance as to demand a great deal of Mr. Middleton's time? If it was considered to be so essential by his right hon. Friend to make this change, was there no alternative appointment among competent people who are supporters of the Labour Party in Scotland?
The job of the Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Economic Council is not a full-time one. Neither is the job of the Chairman of the Herring Industry Board. It is calculated that the chairmanship of the Herring Industry Board takes up approximately twoand-a-half days a week, which leaves Mr. Middleton with the remainder of the week in which to perform his other various duties.
Is the Minister of State satisfied with having in this very important office a man of vast experience, with no other paid appointments, who can devote his whole time to the work of the Herring Industry Board, in contrast with his predecessor in that job, and how does his record compare with that of his predecessor in this office?