HC Deb 18 March 1941 vol 370 cc23-4
The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Crookshank)

It is a personal question for every Member other than Ministers of the Crown who are Statute-barred to decide whether or not he will draw his salary, and in consequence I do not feel that the House would wish me to disclose information which can only reach me by courtesy of the Fees Office.

Sir W. Davison

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that during the absence of the right hon. Member for Chelsea, who is engaged on a most important national mission, I have undertaken to render such services as I am capable of to his constituency in order that it shall not be in any way disfranchised?

Captain Crookshank

I am very much obliged to the hon. Gentleman, for I am a constituent of his now.

Colonel Arthur Evans

Is it not a fact that the right hon. Member for Chelsea is not drawing any salary in respect of his appointment as Ambassador in Spain?

Mr. Wedgwood

Is he not drawing expenses?

Mr. Stokes

Is it not a fact that he is drawing expenses to the tune of £8,100, most of which is tax-free, and that he is in receipt of emoluments about 100 per cent. above those of his predecessor?

Mr. Granville

Are not those expenses included in the running costs of the Embassy?

Sir W. Davison

Is it not true to say that the right hon. Gentleman has earned those expenses a thousand times over?

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