HC Deb 23 June 1938 vol 337 c1271
Mr. Attlee

(by Private Notice) asked (fie Prime Minister whether he will make a statement as to the work which will in future be carried out by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in addition to the work of his present office?

The Prime Minister

In view of the volume and importance of the work connected with Air-Raid Precautions, it is desirable that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department should be in a position to devote practically the whole of his time to assisting the Home Secretary in the conduct of this large branch of Home Office business, especially at the present time when the building up throughout the country of this new service raises many problems of policy and administration. To enable this arrangement to be made, I am glad to announce that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has agreed to help the Home Secretary with his other work. For this purpose the Chancellor of the Duchy, while continuing to carry out the duties of his own office, will be specially attached to the Home Department, and will assist the Home Secretary in the Department and in the House of Commons.