§ 68. Mr. ATKEY
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, before sanctioning the payment to Sir George Gibb, from the 1st January last, of a salary of £3,000 per annum for part-time services as chair man of the Road Board, he made inquiries as to the remuneration, fees, or emoluments which Sir George Gibb is drawing, or has drawn, from the North-Eastern Railway Company in the period during which he has been receiving Government pay; and whether he has satisfied himself that, having regard to the financial relations existing, or to be made, between the Government and the North-Eastern Rail way Company, the taxpayer will not be called upon to pay or refund the sums paid or payable by the North-Eastern Railway Company to Sir George Gibb in addition to the £3,000 a year paid out of public money?
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Twickenham on the 22nd May as to the arrangement made with Sir George Gibb. No charge will fall on public funds in respect of Sir George Gibb's services to the North Eastern Railway Company whilst he draws his salary as Chairman of the Road Board.
That is my understanding; but, at any rate, I am assured that no charge will fall upon public funds in respect of his services to the railway.