HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 cc216-7
59. Mr. Adamson

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster the number of advisory committees set up under the Ministry of Food; and what functions these committees fulfil in the distribution and supply of foodstuffs?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The Ministry of Food is at present assisted by 26 advisory committees, the function of which is to make available to the Ministry the advice and experience of their members.

Mr. Adamson

Were the interests of those engaged in the production of these articles also taken into account?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir. As far as possible, all relevant considerations were taken into account.

Mr. Stephen

Are the appointments unpaid?

Mr. Morrison

I cannot answer definitely without notice, but my general impression is that they are all unpaid.

Sir Joseph Nall

Is it not a fact that the trade members on these Committees are not allowed to confer with members of the trades concerned, so that in many cases the advice is not adequate?

Mr. Morrison

I do not think that is the general position. These men are chosen for their experience of and contacts with the trades concerned. They have always given valuable advice.

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