HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 cc905-6

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that in the Official List of the Government the name of Lord Emmott appears as Director of the War Trade Department; whether he is aware that Lord Emmott has described himself as a kind of superior Civil servant for the nonce; and will he say what is Lord Emmott's exact position, under what Act of Parliament has he been appointed, and does he receive any salary?


The answers to the first and second parts of the question are in the affirmative. Lord Emmott is the Director of the War Trade Department, but is not a Minister. He was appointed in January, 1915, to this post when he was also serving as a Cabinet Minister, and upon the subsequent reconstructions of the Ministry he has, at the request of the Prime Minister, continued to hold it. The appointment was made by the Prime Minister—not under any Act of Parliament—and Lord Emmott does not receive any salary.