HC Deb 06 October 1942 vol 383 cc1087-8W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Lord President of the Council whether the Scientific Advisory Committee was consulted with regard to the recent appointment of Professor G. P. Thomson, in place of Sir Henry Tizard, in charge of certain important research and development?

Sir J. Anderson

The proceedings of the Committee are secret and I cannot undertake to say what advice they may have given in any particular case or indeed whether they were consulted or not. In selecting Professor G. P. Thomson for the position referred to which was a new development and did not involve the supersession of anybody, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Production, was acting in the light of the knowledge which the Government already had of Professor Thomson's qualifications and experience since he had just completed a term of office as the head of the British Central Scientific Office in Washington.