HC Deb 16 July 1956 vol 556 cc846-7
40. Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now announce the name of the Chairman of the Sugar Board.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Harmar Nicholls)

At the invitation of my right hon. Friend, Sir George Dunnett, K.B.E., C.B., a Deputy Secretary in my Department, has accepted the chairmanship of the Sugar Board. He will leave the service of the Department when he assumes his new duties as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Hill

Can my hon. Friend say when Sir George Dunnett will assume his duties, and also when the appointed day will be?

Mr. Nicholls

It is expected that Sir George will assume his new duties at the end of the summer, and I think my right hon. Friend will be able to make an announcement about the appointed day in the early autumn.

Mr. Nabarro

While completely endorsing this appointment—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—may I ask if my hon. Friend can say whether this distinguished civil servant will be in receipt of a full civil servant's pension in addition to the salary and emoluments he receives as Chairman of the Sugar Board?

Mr. Nicholls

He will be on what is known as the approved employment terms, which means that he will sever his connection with the Civil Service, but will carry with him the pension rights he has up to the date when he leaves the Civil Service.