HC Deb 08 June 1920 vol 130 cc231-2W
Major M. WOOD

asked the Minister of Food whether the new Food Commissioner for Scotland devotes his whole time to the duties of his office; and whether, before making the appointment, he consulted the Ministry of Labour as to whether they had upon their books the names of any ex-service men competent to do the work of the office?


As the appointment is of a temporary nature, with provision for a month's notice on either side, arrangements have been made to enable Sir John Lorne Macleod to continue his own business, but he has undertaken and has made arrangements not to allow any private work to interfere with the full discharge of the office of Food Commissioner. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative. I have always given special consideration to the claims of ex-service men for appointment under the Ministry, but I am satisfied that his previous experience in administrative work, together with his wide knowledge of Scottish conditions, render Sir John Lorne Macleod exceptionally fitted for this particular position.