Honours System and Ministerial Patronage

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th March 1970.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 24th March 1970

I have seen many different figures, and a very large figure was true when the hon. Gentleman was himself a Minister under the previous Government. I will certainly justify the appointments for which I have been responsible, and will justify them on nonparty or all-party grounds since a considerable number of former Conservative Ministers have been appointed to some of these posts, each on merit and nothing to do with politics, as well as a number of my right hon. Friends.