HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 cc990-1
55. Sir John Mellor

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the contract between the Treasury and the National Coal Board was made concerning the preparation and publication of the magazine entitled "Coal"; what were its terms; and when and to what extent was the contract altered.

Sir S. Cripps

There is no contract between the Treasury and the National Coal Board. Since 30th September last the magazine has been produced for the National Coal Board on the terms normally applicable to transactions between Exchequer Departments and non-Exchequer bodies, namely, repayment of the full cost.

Sir J. Mellor

Was it understood as part of this extraordinary arrangement that this magazine should boost Ministers? Has the Chancellor, for instance, seen the picture of the Minister of Fuel and Power sitting beside his empty grate—a touching sequel to his empty bath?

Sir S. Cripps

There are a great many pictures of Ministers in a great many papers.