HC Deb 14 December 1939 vol 355 cc1255-6
20. Sir A. Knox

asked the Home Secretary whether the 13 regional commissioners, salary £2,500 a year, and the 12 deputy regional commissioners, salary £1,000 a year, have commenced work, and what their present duties are?

Sir J. Anderson

Regional commissioners and deputy regional commissioners were instructed on 25th August last to take up duty at their headquarters, and they have since been employed on their duties. With regard to the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Peckham (Mr. Silkin) on Tuesday last.

Sir A. Knox

As these gentlemen have not begun their proper duties yet, might they not be content with half pay until their duties commence?

Sir J. Anderson

The great majority of them are receiving no pay at all, at their own request.