HC Deb 04 April 1917 vol 92 cc1270-1
63. Major HUNT

asked if a young German about twenty years of age, named Strauss, is acting as private secretary to Sir Harold Stuart at the Ministry of Food; if so, what experience and qualifications he has; and whether this work could be done better by a woman?


I presume that this question relates to Mr. H. G. Strauss, who is employed in the Ministry of Food, under Sir Harold Stuart, although not as his private secretary. He was previously employed at the Board of Trade. Mr. Strauss is a British-born subject, aged twenty-four, was educated at Rugby and Oxford, and on the outbeak of War joined the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps, but was invalided out. He has since re-attested, but is regarded as medically unfit. But for his breakdown in health Mr. Strauss would undoubtedly now be fighting. His experience and ability make him a particularly valuable officer.


Can the hon. Gentleman say whether Mr. Strauss father was a British subject at the time of his birth?


Yes, Sir, he was.

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