HC Deb 16 March 1943 vol 387 cc1031-2
45. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider, in view of the number of problems and difficulties presented by constituents to their Members on matters dealt with by the Ministry of War Transport, giving additional representation to that Ministry in this House?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Churchill)

I cannot feel that the appointment of an additional Under-Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport would be justified. I understand that my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary has been absent from the House for a short time through illness, but he is now fully restored. Every effort should be made to keep Ministerial offices at a minimum especially in times like these when the ordinary checks are not fully operative.

Mr. De la Bère

; Is my right hon. Friend aware how delighted I am to see him back restored in health, sound in heart and buoyant in spirit, and will he consider the possibility of letting us have a war transport Minister available more often in this House, where matters of great importance in connection with transport are arising?

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that the present Ministers in both Houses carry out their jobs very efficiently and with great courtesy?