HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 c2103
50. Mr. Erroll

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what principles govern the appointment of Government-appointed directors to the boards of public companies.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Broadly speaking, Government directors are appointed to the Boards of public companies because public money or issues of public policy are involved. In choosing such directors, the Government's aim is to appoint persons whose general qualifications and special experience are such as to safeguard the public interest in both respects.

Mr. W. R. Williams

Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer tell us what principles are followed in private industry?

Mr. Butler

The same high standards are followed in private industry as actuate Her Majesty's Government.