HC Deb 10 July 1941 vol 373 cc323-4
Sir Henry Morris-Jones

I desire to make a short personal explanation to the House. On Tuesday, 1st July, the hon. Baronet the Member for West Wolverhampton (Sir R. Bird) asked a Question with regard to the functions of the Welsh Church Commission, to which my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, replied. I asked a Supplementary Question whether my hon. Friend was aware that the Chairman of the Welsh Church Commission earned £ 1,500 a year salary for ah hour's work a month. That interjection was based on information which I had at the time, and which I thought was correct or I should not have made it. Since then I have had a very long and detailed letter from the Chairman of the Welsh Church Commission, couched in courteous terms, and I have made a full reply to it. I will not trouble the House with this correspondence, but I may be permitted to put the gist of it in a sentence by saying that, while I do not recede from the point of view I have taken and do take that the present work and duties of the Welsh Church Commission do not, or should not, justify the present salary of the Chairman of the Commission for part-time work, I am fully satisfied on the explanation he gives that the time he gives to the work is a good deal more than one hour a month. I wish to express my regret to the House for unwittingly giving expression to what was not a strictly accurate statement, and to offer my apologies to the right hon. Gentleman, Sir Arthur Griffith-Boscawen, for having made it.