HC Deb 30 July 1930 vol 242 cc494-5
47. Captain CROOKSHANK

asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the election as a director of the National Co-operative Publishing Society of the hon. Member for East Ham (South), one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury; and whether there has been a change in the normal practice that directorships cannot be held by Ministers?


My attention was not drawn to this matter until the hon. and gallant Member's question came before me. I have found that there are certain special conditions attaching to this directorship which, I can inform the House, carries no salary. I am, however, making further inquiries.


Will the Prime Minister, when he is making his inquiries, bear in mind the case which happened in his own previous Administration with regard to the then Civil Lord of the Admiralty, who had to resign an unpaid directorship in somewhat similar circumstances, as was stated on the 5th June, 1924?


The examination that I am making is to put this case at one with the regulations which have been made regarding the application of these rules as to directorships.


What does the Prime Minister exactly mean by that?