HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 c862W
Sir R. Clarry

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the general terms of authority he gives to controllers and advisory committees in connection with the commodities which he controls in the department of food supplies by virtue of the statutory powers vested in him; and whether, in every case he retains unquestioned power to ignore, veto, or reverse controllers' decisions and advisory committees' recommendations, should he consider such action in the national interest?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

As I stated on the 7th November in reply to questions on the subject of the commodity organisations, the directors became Government employés on appointment and each organisation is under the administrative direction of an Assistant Secretary of the Ministry. The function of members of advisory committees is to make available to the Ministry the advice and experience of their trade. The answer to the second part of the question as regards both the decisions of directors and the recommendations of Advisory Committees is therefore in the affirmative.