HC Deb 29 July 1953 vol 518 cc1283-4
45. Mr. Jay

asked the Prime Minister the present duties of the Paymaster-General.

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Harry Crookshank)

The duties of the Paymaster-General are those set out by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in answer to the hon. and gallant Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton) on 6th May, 1952.

Mr. Jay

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that in the impending reshuffle of the Government, which everybody agrees to be overdue, the system of Overlords will be finally terminated and representation of the House of Commons in the Cabinet restored to a more normal level?

Mr. Crookshank

I am afraid I do not know what the right hon. Gentleman is talking about.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the Lord Privy Seal aware that although he has referred to the Question which I put on 6th May, 1952, I am still very dissatisfied with the answer I got on that occasion?