HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 c234W
Mr. Pritt

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that the recently appointed sugar controller at the Ministry of Food is the same person who was elected in 1936 to be chairman of the International Sugar Council, on the nomination or recommendation of His Majesty's Government, but that he was not again nominated for election in 1937 owing to the view held by a large majority of the council that he was unfitted for the post; and what qualifications he has for his new position?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The chairman of the Sugar Control Board of the Ministry of Food has been chairman of the Sugar Commission since it was set up in 1936. I am aware that when the International Sugar Council was set up in 1937, he was appointed as chief British delegate and held this position, together with the position of chairman of the council, during the first year of the currency of the International Sugar Agreement. I do not consider that his resignation from the council has any bearing on the question of his suitability for the post he now occupies in my Department.