HC Deb 30 July 1941 vol 373 cc1395-6
44 and 48. Mr. Stokes

asked the Prime Minister (1) how many persons are working under Lord Cherwell; and the names and salaries of those paid more than £400 a year;

(2) the position occupied by Lord Cherwell and the salary paid him?

The Prime Minister

Lord Cherwell is one of my personal assistants, and advises me, as he has for many years, upon the scientific and statistical aspects of our national defence. He is the head of the statistical branch which I formed when at the Admiralty at the outbreak of war to collect and collate all the figures of the various Departments, and is now specially charged with the duty of warning me of short fallings in any part of our war supply. As Professor of Physics at Oxford University, he was in receipt of a salary of £1,400 a year. But, since practically his whole time was from the beginning of the war engaged in official work, I thought it right that £1,000 a year should be paid him by the State. The remaining £400 is still paid him by the University.

Since his elevation to the peerage, Lord Cherwell has expressed his wish to serve in an honorary capacity, but I do not consider this would be right in view of the continuous demands I make upon him at all hours of the night and day. The number of Lord Cherwell's staff is 23, and I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT the particulars asked for by the hon. Member.

Mr. Stokes

What position does Lord Cherwell occupy in regard to the com- mittees presided over by the Lord President of the Council? Is it one of the functions of Lord Cherwell to produce arguments and figures like those used by the Prime Minister in answer to the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne) yesterday?

The Prime Minister

The first part of the Question is, I think, fully covered by the answer I have given, and the second part seems to me to be offensive.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is not Lord Cherwell worth a great deal more than he is getting?

Following are the particulars:

The number of Lord Cherwell's staff is 23. The names and salaries of those over £400 a year are as follow: —

Mr. R. F. Harrod £1.300
Mr. G. D. A. MacDougall £750
Mr. G. L. S. Shackle £600
Mr. H. W. Robinson £600
Mr. D. G. Champernowne £600
Mr. J. L. Tuck £600
Miss H. Makower £480
Mr. D. M. Bensusan-Butt. £355
£120 allowance.