HC Deb 09 April 1940 vol 359 cc469-70
72. Mr. Dingle Foot

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what duties are now being performed by the Import Duties Advisory Committee; and whether the chairman and members of the committee continue to draw their salaries?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Crookshank)

The functions of the committee are at present suspended. The chairman of the committee is serving on the Board of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute. Of the other two members one is performing duties in the Ministry of Supply and the other is serving with His Majesty's Forces. In answer to the second part of the Question, the chairman and members of the committee continue to draw salaries during their term of office.

Mr. Foot

Are we to understand that they continue to draw salaries in respect of duties which they are no longer performing?

Captain Crookshank

They draw the salaries to which they are entitled by Statute, as members of the committee. As I have indicated, their services are being usefully employed in other directions.

Colonel Nathan

May I ask whether the chairman's salary is borne by the funds of N.A.A.F.I. or by the previous source?

Captain Crookshank

As far as I know, it is drawn from the source from which it previously came. If the hon. and gallant Gentleman would like me to verify that fact perhaps he will make a separate Question of it.

Mr. J. Wilmot

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that it is not being paid from both sources?

Captain Crookshank

Yes, there is only one salary as far as I know.

Mr. Foot

Would it not be better if these gentlemen were paid the remuneration for the duties they are now performing?

Captain Crookshank

I have explained that they get their salaries by Statute.

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