HC Deb 02 May 1918 vol 105 cc1697-8
26. Major HUNT

asked the Pensions Minister whether there were about 9,000 applicants for the post of superintending inspector under the Pensions Ministry; whether the successful candidate, Mr. Wells Taylor, is of military age; and has he been in the Army or Navy?


Mr. Wells Taylor was one of thirty-eight successful candidates for the inspectorship appointments recently offered to the public. For these appointments, approximately 9,000 applications were received. Mr. Taylor, who has been appointed Superintending Inspector for the London area, is thirty-nine years of age and has not served in the Army and Navy. When medically examined by the Ministry of National Service in February last he was placed in Grade III.

48. Mr. PETO

asked the Prime Minister whether any steps have been taken to secure a permanent site for a Ministry of Pensions; whether it is intended to proceed with building works in connection with the erection of a permanent Ministry of Pensions during the War; and whether an opportunity will be given for debate before the country is to be committed to any expenditure for this purpose?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Bonar Law)

The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the negative. The last part of the question, therefore, does not arise.


Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Ministry of Pensions could be housed in its present building if the Government would get rid of the Imperial Tobacco Company, which occupies a part of it?


I am not aware of it; and, in any case, the question should be addressed to the First Commissioner of Works.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the whole of the building was in the first instance requisitioned by the Ministry of Pensions, but, owing to private representations, that decision was altered in the interests of this private company?


I know nothing about that matter, and I entirely decline to accept my hon. Friend's representation of the facts.


Will my right hon. Friend make inquiries, because there is abundant room there if he gets rid of the Imperial Tobacco Company?


I really do not think that it is reasonable to expect me, because an hon. Member chooses to put a question to me, to look into every detail.