HC Deb 20 February 1929 vol 225 cc1121-2
45. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Prime Minister whether, in order to bring about a reduction both in the size and cost of the Cabinet, he will consider a combination of more than one portfolio by individual Ministers?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)

I do not think that my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion is practicable.

Commander BELLAIRS

Has the Prime Minister taken into consideration Mussolini's successful combination of no less than eight portfolios in his Ministry?

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

If the Prime Minister cannot accept the suggestion of the hon. and gallant Member for Maidstone (Commander Bellairs), will he change the whole of the portfolios?


May I ask the Prime Minister whether there is at present a Cabinet vacancy at the Exchequer?


May I ask the Prime Minister whether the Ministries which he said formerly were to be abolished are going to be abolished—the Ministry of Mines Department and the others?


In connection with other suggestions, will the Prime Minister also consider the suggestion to take a white flag as the symbol for the Cabinet?


May I not have an answer to my question as to the Mines Department and the other Ministries which the Prime Minister indicated were to be abolished?


The Secretary for Mines is not in the Cabinet.