HC Deb 15 June 1950 vol 476 cc545-6
45. Mr. Erroll

asked the Prime Minister if he will publish a list of the names and addresses of consultative committees and consumers' councils set up under postwar nationalisation schemes, together with the names of their members and any salaries and allowances paid; a separate list of individuals holding more than one appointment; and what those appointments are.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT certain information relating to these committees and councils. I do not consider that the labour involved in collecting and publishing all the information sought by the hon. Member would be justified.

Mr. Erroll

Do the Government not know to whom they have given jobs?

Mr. Ellis Smith

Many Tories.

The Prime Minister

The hon. Member should realise that, of about a thousand names which he wants included in the list, all but a very small minority are people who are doing valuable voluntary work for the country.

Mr. Erroll

In that case, would it not be valuable to know who they are?

Following is the information:

Domestic Coal Consumers' Council, Industrial Coal Consumers' Council, Area Gas Consultative Councils for each of 12 areas, Area Electricity Consultative Councils for each of 14 areas, North of Scotland Electricity Consultative Council, Central Transport Consultative Committee, Transport Users' Consultative Committee for Scotland, Transport Users' Consultative Committee for Wales, Transport Users' Consultative Committee for London, Air Transport Advisory Council, Scottish Advisory Council for Civil Aviation, Northern Ireland Advisory Council for Civil Aviation, Welsh Advisory Council for Civil Aviation, Scottish Aerodromes Board, Aerodrome Consultative Committees for each of 13 aerodromes, Channel Islands Advisory Council for Civil Aviation, Isle of Man Airports Board, National Civil Aviation Consultative Council.

Communications for these Committees should be addressed to them at the Ministry concerned. The Chairman of the Domestic Coal Consumers' Council and of each of the Area Gas and Electricity Consultative Councils receives £250 a year, but the members are unpaid. The Chairman of the Air Transport Advisory Council, which has also certain executive functions, receives 20 guineas a day for attendance at meetings, and members 15 guineas a day. No other salaries are paid, but travelling and subsistence is allowed on the usual scales.