HC Deb 16 February 1911 vol 21 cc1236-7

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will state at what date Sir Francis Hopwood ceased to be the Permanent Under-Secretary to the Colonies, and on what date he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Development Board; and if at any period he was drawing a salary simultaneously in respect of each of these posts?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)

Sir F. Hop-wood ceased to be Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies on 1st January this year. His appointment as Vice-Chairman of the Development Commission dates, for purpose of salary, from the same day. He has, of course, at no time drawn the salary for both offices.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider, in view of the great services which Sir Francis Hopwood has rendered at the Colonial Office, and the extremely important character of the duties which the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Colonial Office has to discharge, whether it would be worth while to secure the services of Sir Francis Hopwood at that office for the same salary which has been offered to him?