HC Deb 20 November 1947 vol 444 c1335
54. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the statement by Mr. George Gibson, Chairman of the Northwest Regional Board, on 6th October, about the defendants in a recent prosecution in connection with the use of electricity was made with his approval.

The Paymaster-General (Mr. Marquand)

No, Sir.

Mr. Shepherd

Is the Minister aware that this gentleman said that in any country where justice was justice and not just a stupid argument, these people would have been shot? Does he not feel that a representative of the Government in the capacity he holds in the North-West district ought to be more responsible than he appears to be from such remarks?

Mr. Marquand

I have already said that the statement was not made with the approval of my right hon. and learned Friend. I understand that it was made after a Press conference and not during one.