HC Deb 02 February 1948 vol 446 cc1451-2
34. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Minister of Transport the salary to be paid to the chairman of the Hotels Executive; and the length of his appointment.

Mr. Barnes

The authorised salary for the chairman of the Hotels Executive is £5,000 per annum. The appointment is to 30th September, 1952.

Mr. Davies

May I ask the Minister on what principle these salaries are fixed? Would the Minister say that the job of the Executive in charge of the roads is no more important than that of the Executive in charge of hotels, or whether the two positions are comparable?

Mr. Barnes

The salaries are the same, and I should say that both positions are worth the money.

Mr. William Teeling

Will the Minister say whether any of the ordinary executives are being dismissed in order that this particular gentleman may have the appointment of chairman, or is he just an extra one?

Mr. Barnes

I do not know what the hon. Gentleman means when he talks about anybody being dismissed. These are appointments under the Transport Act. They certainly take the place of a good many railway directors, it that is what interests the hon. Gentleman.

Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

Will the expenses in this instance be in kind or in cash?

Mr. Barnes

I have already indicated that so far that matter has not been settled. The Executives have only just been appointed.

Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite

Will the Minister state whether this gentleman is to be entitled to expenses to facilitate his progress from hotel to hotel?

Mr. Pickthorn

Can the Minister tell us how expenses can be a matter of negotiation beforehand? How can expenses be anything but a matter of fact?

Mr. Barnes

Obviously the type of duties that different Executives have to perform will be taken into consideration by the British Transport Commission in settling any matter such as expenses.