57. Mr. Graham White
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning the circumstances which led to Dr. F. F. C. Curtis leaving the Ministry of Works and Planning?
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning (Mr. Hicks)
Mr. Curtis was never appointed to the staff of the Ministry, as there was doubt as to his ability to satisfy the conditions regarding direct employment in a Government office. Pending the settlement of this question, his services were lent by his previous employers on a repayment basis to deal with urgent work. As he has now been called to join the Services, any question of direct employment no longer arises.
I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment at an early date in order that this lamentable business may be considered in detail.