HC Deb 01 March 1889 vol 333 c702

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Sir Alfred Slade, Receiver General of Inland Revenue, is a director of a "Gold and Exploration Company;" and, whether he has the sanction of the Chancellor of the Exchequer for accepting that appointment in violation of the ordinary rule of the Treasury Department; and, if not, whether he is to continue to hold the appointment of Receiver General?


I am informed by Sir Alfred Slade that he is not a Director of any Gold Company, nor has he accepted any Directorship since the Treasury Minute of the 29th of November last. He was for a few weeks connected with the Gold Exploration Company, which, he thought, would affect his property in the Transvaal, but he retired from it a year ago.


May I ask if the right hon. Gentleman has ascertained the character of this Company, and is aware that it has been wound up? Does he think it right that a person holding the appointment of Receiver General of Inland Revenue should become a Director of a Company of this kind?


I have no knowledge of the circumstances to which the hon. Gentleman alludes. I have no information beyond that which I have communicated to the House.