§ 2. Mr. LAWSON
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any statement to make on the resignation of the Commissioner for Special Areas; whether he has submitted a final report of his work; and, if so, when such report will be available to Members?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
As was announced in the Press on 9th October, Mr. P. Malcolm Stewart, for personal reasons and with great reluctance, asked to be relieved of his duties as Commissioner for the Special Areas in England and Wales as from 14th November next. I accepted his resignation with regret and am fortunate enough to have obtained the services of Sir George M. Gillett, who has consented to accept appointment as Commissioner from that date. I take this 213 opportunity of expressing the deep obligation which the Government feel to Mr. Stewart for the way in which he has for two years carried out a laborious and exacting task. Mr. Stewart has submitted a, report covering the period up to the end of September. This report is now with the printers and will be ready for publication, I hope, before the end of next week.
§ Mr. LAWSON
Had the personal reasons for resignation anything to do with the complete failure of the Commissioner to do anything useful in the Special Areas Were there any complaints against the Department or any antagonism?
§ Mr. JAMES GRIFFITHS
Have the Government expressed their deep gratitude to the Commissioner by accepting his recommendations?