§ Mr. SNOWDEN
asked the President of the Local Government Board if he can state the reasons which have induced him to permit members of the staff at the Local Government Board to sit upon borough councils and other representative elected bodies; and whether, having regard to the fact that the position of the Local Government Board as a supervising and appealing authority constantly brings it into contact with the work of the borough councils, any administrative inconvenience has resulted there from?
§ Mr. BURNS
I believe a few cases have occurred in which members of the staff have served on local bodies, but I am not aware of any administrative inconvenience having been caused thereby. I may say that it now rests with me to determine whether, and, if so, on what conditions, a member of the staff may become a candidate for, or a member of, a local council, provided that the duties involved do not conflict with the personal performance of his official duties. If I find that any administrative inconvenience is occasioned I shall not hesitate to refuse permission.