HC Deb 05 July 1937 vol 326 c11
6. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when each of the present British Government directors on the board of the Suez Canal Company were appointed; the number of meetings that have been held by this board during the 12 months ended to the last convenient date and the remuneration received by them during this period; and by what means communications pass between these directors and the Government?

Mr. Eden

The dates requested in the first part of the hon. Member's question are 28th January, 1920, 4th December, 1922, and 30th September, 1926, respectively. As regards the second part of the question, I understand that the board meets once a month, or more often if occasion requires. My information is that the sum distributed to the whole board of 32 directors for the year 1936 was 12,515,800 French francs. As regards the third part, official communications between the British Government directors and His Majesty's Government take the form of despatches addressed by them to my Department in the customary form.

Mr. Day

Can the right hon. Gentleman say for how long these appointments are made?

Mr. Eden

Not without notice.

Mr. Thurtle

Are there any vacancies on this board?

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