HC Deb 08 September 1942 vol 383 cc24-5
45. Major Lyons

asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any further statement upon the divorcement of the position of head of the Civil Service from that of the head of the Treasury?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Churchill)

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer which my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby (Mr. W. Brown) on 4th August.

Major Lyons

Is it a fact that so long as this gentleman holds the dual position, the head of the Treasury is, in effect, the Controller of Establishments in each Government Department?

The Prime Minister

All these matters were considered before the appointment was made. The new lines of criticism which have developed were all explored and weighed. I should think some opportunity would occur during the course of the session when all matters like this might be debated.