HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 c334
57. Mr. Sidney Marshall

asked the Minister of Food how many persons are acting as directors of departments in his Department who still retain their private trade interests; and whether he will take early steps to replace them by independent officials.

Dr. Summerskill

With regard to the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the statement which my right hon. Friend circulated on 21st February, 1946. With regard to the second part, this is not a time when the country can afford to lose the services which these experts have rendered so ungrudgingly.

Mr. Marshall

Is the hon. Lady aware of the grave concern felt by food manufacturers in this country at the retention of their trade competitors in official positions in the Ministry of Food?

Dr. Summerskill

In my opinion, it is not wise to swap horses in mid-stream.

Captain Francis Noel-Baker

Does the hon. Lady realise that there is dissatisfaction on this subject, not only among the interested parties, but also on this side of the House?

Dr. Summerskill

Of course, I cannot say what we shall do when we reach the shore.

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