78. Mr. Davidson
asked the Secretary of State for War to give a list of salaries paid to the manager and the members of the Board of Management of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes?
§ Mr. Stanley
The representatives of the Service Departments on the Board of Management draw their pay or retired pay, as the case may be, from public funds. Any additional sums paid to these officers in respect of their membership of the board, and the salaries of the other members of the board, are not a charge on public funds and are the responsibility of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.
Is the Minister aware that there is a general opinion that the Board of Management of this organisation draw large salaries created from profits taken from the soldiers and sailors, and does he not think that this is a reprehensible practice and that it would be better to give better quality to the soldiers and sailors and less profits to the Board of Management?
§ Mr. Stanley
If the hon. Gentleman will look at the last statement of accounts which is always available for the information of this House in the Library he will see there that the total of remuneration given to the Board of Management in the year ending 1938 was rather over £2,000.
If the Minister will taste some of the stuff which the N.A.A.F.I. sell he will agree that I am perfectly correct in saying that they should have reduced salaries.