HC Deb 11 November 1948 vol 457 cc1725-6
64. Mr. Drayson

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power why he twice invited Mr. Arthur Homer to be a member of the Coal Board; and what salary was Mr. Homer offered.

Mr. Robens

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Darwen (Mr. Prescott) on 4th November.

Mr. Drayson

Is the Minister aware that that reply did not help us at all in the matter? Can he confirm whether the salary offered to Mr. Horner was £5,000 a year, as Mr. Homer suggests, and say whether the offer was made before or after the Prime Minister's statement on Communists in the Civil Service?

Mr. Robens

If the hon. Member will look at my right hon. Friend's reply be will see that my right hon. Friend neither confirmed nor denied the allegation that is made.