HC Deb 26 November 1947 vol 444 c1990
64. Mr. M. Philips Price

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the concern caused in the Forest of Dean by the dismissal of Mr. G. F. Bell, the Food Executive Officer in the Lydney Rural District since 1939; and whether he will consent to an inquiry into the reasons for his dismissal.

Mr. Strachey

I regret the loss of Mr. Bell's services, but as he refused to carry out instructions there was no option but to terminate his appointment. The facts were fully considered by senior officers of my Department before the decision was taken. I am satisfied that there case for an inquiry.

Mr. Philips Price

In view of the strong feeling locally, will the Minister again consider holding this inquiry?

Mr. Strachey

We examined the matter very carefully in the Department. I have seen all the correspondence myself. I cannot go further than that.

Sir W. Smithers

Has Mr. Bell any right of appeal and, if so, to whom?

Mr. Strachey

No, Sir.