HC Deb 12 August 1919 vol 119 c1097
63. Mr. HOGGE

asked the Pensions Minister whether he can give the names of the two officials whom he relieved from office; whether either or both have left Government service; and, if not, what has become of them?


My right hon. Friend is not prepared to give the information asked for in the first part of this question. Of the two officials referred to, one was on loan to the Ministry and was returned to the Department by whom he was lent. As he is over sixty years of age, his retirement is probably imminent. The other is a retired Civil servant, who re-entered the Service during the War on a temporary engagement, which is now terminated.


Can the hon. Gentleman say why these officers— employed by this House, I presume— cannot be named?


No, Sir; I think it would be very inadvisable. The Minister is responsible for carrying out the administration of his office, and I think the House should be quite satisfied to know that he is taking disciplinary action with out giving names.