HC Deb 04 August 1943 vol 391 cc2286-7
35. Mr. Ralph Etherton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport why, and in what capacity, Mr. C. A. Birtchnell was authorised to sign the Emergency Powers (Defence) Retail Deliveries Tea Order (S.R. & 0., No. 1014 of 1943), whereby Ringtons, Limited, of Algernon Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 6, were prohibited from delivering tea except in accordance with the directions of the Regional Transport Commissioner of the Northern Region?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Mr. C. A. Birtchnell, C.B., is a Principal Assistant Secretary authorised by my Noble Friend to sign any document on his behalf. The Order in question was made on my instructions.

Sir Herbert Williams

Can my hon. Friend say why the official in question should not designate himself as such?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I think the practice on that matter varies, but I will inquire into it.

Sir H. Williams

Is not the hon. Gentleman's Ministry the only one where it is not done?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I think not, but I will inquire.