§ MR. BONAR LAW (Camberwell, Dulwich)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, before making the recent appointment of a Railway Commissioner, the claims of Sir Francis Hopwood to the position were considered.
§ (Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) I informed Sir Francis Hopwood that I was prepared to recommend his name to the King for appointment as a Railway and Canal Commissioner; but after consideration he declined the offer. I think the Permanent Civil Service is to be congratulated on retaining so distinguished a public servant in its ranks.