HC Deb 13 March 1924 vol 170 cc2523-4
Mr. MASTERMAN The following question stood on the Order Paper in the name of

51. "To ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that many Members of this House, anxious not to overload the Order Paper with Questions concerning individual cases of grievance, apply direct for explanation or redress to the various Departments, that they receive courteous acknowledgment of their letters, but no further replies upon the actual matters at issue; and whether he can ensure a sufficiency of staff, if necessary by retaining in employment the ex-service men now sentenced to dismissal, by whom these questions can be answered with greater promptitude.

Following is the reply:

The following is a list of full-time medical officers in the employ of the Ministry with salaries exceeding £500 per annum who are also in receipt of pensions, other than disability pensions, from public funds:


Before this question be put, may I, in justice to the Department, say that since I put the question on the Paper I have received one very satisfactory answer from one of the Departments concerned. May I also, in justice to myself—[HON. MEMBERS: "Speech!"]. It is not a speech, but a personal explanation. May I say that I am merely speaking for the general body of Members?

The LORD PRIVY SEAL (Mr. Clynes)

While I cannot accept the statement in the first part of the right hon. Member's question, I should be glad if he would communicate with me if he has any particular case in mind.


Is it not a fact that most hon. Members receive most courteous answers, and very quickly?


So I am informed.