Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1973.

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Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

My right hon. Friend is responsible for the co-ordination of Government policies in relation to the European Communities. He is also responsible for the co-ordination of policy on research and development issues.

Photo of Dr Edmund Marshall Dr Edmund Marshall , Goole

Is the Prime Minister aware that since he appointed the right hon. Gentleman, on 5th November 1972, at an annual salary of £13,000 the Chancellor of the Duchy has made five statements and three speeches and answered only 20 oral Questions? Is the country getting value for money, or will the Prime Minister give the right hon. Gentleman more work to do?

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

The responsibilities of the Chancellor of the Duchy include many things other than those mentioned by the hon. Member. His attendance is required at the meetings of the European Council of Ministers, along with my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, and on many other occasions in Europe.