§ 8. Mr. M. MacPherson
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power in what statutes or other instruments the powers and duties of his Department are defined.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
My general functions are defined in Section 1 of the Ministry of Fuel and Power Act, 1945. With regard to specific functions, I will, with permission, circulate a list in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. MacPherson
Does the Minister recall that a few days ago, in a non-oral 3 Question, I asked him what was the authority on which he gave a direction to the oil companies, and his reply was that it was simply by virtue of his office as Minister of Fuel and Power and as a Member of Her Majesty's Government? Was not that reply singularly uninformative and also a little discourteous?
Following is the list:I have specific functions under numerous Acts, of which the more important are:I also have functions under certain Defence Regulations of which the more important are Defence (General) Regulations 16, 50, 51, 51A, 55, 55AA, 55AB, 56A and 60A.