§ 48. Mr. Rankin
asked the Prime Minister to which Minister questions affecting the salaries paid to members of the boards of nationalised industries should be addressed.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Questions about the pay and membership of the board of a nationalised industry should be put to the Minister responsible for making appointments to the Board.
§ Mr. Rankin
Is the Chancellor of the Exchequer aware that on 6th July I put a Question to the Minister responsible asking what salary Lord Balfour of Inchrye was being paid as a part-time member of the board of B.E.A.C. and the Minister referred me to a White Paper which is to be published next December? Is the Chancellor further aware that since this Question was put down I received a letter from the Minister, yesterday, telling me that Lord Balfour is to be paid £500 a year? Why did he not answer that Question on the Floor of the House?
§ Mr. Butler
I have certainly followed this voluminous series of Questions and Answers and the correspondence, which I have with me this afternoon. I am very glad to hear that the hon. Member has at last received the answer he so much desired.