HC Deb 03 November 1955 vol 545 c1211
47. Mr. Hurd

asked the Prime Minister whether any steps have yet been taken towards the appointment of a Chairman of the proposed Board of Trustees for Crown Lands.

The Prime Minister

The setting up of a Board of Trustees of Crown Lands will require legislation. Meanwhile Her Majesty has been pleased to approve the appointment of Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve to a vacant post as Commissioner of Crown Lands, with a view to his being appointed in due course Chairman of the proposed Board of Trustees.

Mr. Hurd

While I very much welcome this appointment, can my right hon. Friend say when he hopes to proceed with the legislation, so that the Board of Trustees may get fully into its stride?

The Prime Minister

It will, of course, be necessary for the new Commissioner to consult about this but I hope that there will be no undue delay.

Mr. Ernest Davies

Does this imply that Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve will now surrender the chairmanship of the Road Haulage Disposal Board? Does it mean that the sales of road vehicles have come to an end?

The Prime Minister

I do not know how far I ought to be drawn into that but I understand that the work of the Board is diminishing.