HC Deb 26 May 1943 vol 389 c1547
5. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether the recent appointment of Sir Charles Bruce-Gardiner is to be a full-time job; and whether he is continuing to draw a salary from the Society of British Aircraft Constructors?

The Minister of Aircraft Production (Sir Stafford Cripps)

The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes" and to the second part "No, Sir."

Mr. Edwards

Can the Minister say whether this gentleman was paid £10,000 a year by a select number of aircraft producers to preserve the monopoly of that select number?

Sir S. Cripps

I am afraid that I do not know what the gentleman's salary was or the purpose for which it was paid.

Mr. Edwards

Will the Minister make inquiries, and if the facts are as stated, will he see that this gentleman's wings are effectively clipped?