HC Deb 10 February 1904 vol 129 cc1325-6
MR. CLAUDE HAY (Shoreditch, Hoxton)

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the date of the appointment of the Inter-Departmental Committee to consider the duties, pay, and organisation of the Board of Trade, the Local Government Board, and other Departments, the names of the Committee, how many meetings the Committee have held, and when it is expected that the Committee will present their Report.


I must ask my hon. friend to refer to the answer which I gave to a similar Question put by the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydvil on the 8th instant. † The Committee have held four meetings, and will sit again this week.


But is it not the fact that the Committee held only one meeting in six months, and can the right hon. Gentleman say why the Local Government Board took so long to supply the information asked for?


The Committee held a preliminary meeting and decided to get certain information from the Board of Trade and the Local Government Board, and the long delay before the holding of the meeting was due to the fact that they were awaiting the reply from the Local Government Board.