HC Deb 29 June 1961 vol 643 cc649-50
29. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of Stale for the Colonies whether he is now satisfied about the expenses of Mr. Barker-Benfield when chairman of the Malta Tourist Board; whether he is satisfied that the request of the Malta Tourist Board for a public inquiry is not justified; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. H. Fraser

The Governor is satisfied that no inquiry is called for and my right hon. Friend accepts this.

Mr. Teeling

Is my hon. Friend aware that, having seen Mr. Barker-Benfield after the debate in this House, I am delighted that he is presumably completely cleared of the criticism which was at that time being vented in Malta? But does this also mean that the Tourist Board's desire for an inquiry has not been allowed because, possibly, the Malta Government might feel that they want to hide same inefficiency on their part in their work with the Board?

Mr. Fraser

No, I do not think so. The Board is satisfied that the rates paid were suitable and acceptable. The accounts are being studied and we have nothing further to add.

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