HC Deb 20 July 1944 vol 402 cc369-71W
Mr. Muff

asked the Minister of Health to what extent Camps Corporation, Limited, is under the supervision of his Department; if he will give the names of the directors; what salaries are paid to them; what is the cost of upkeep of the central organisation; how many camps are there; what bodies are in occupation of them; and what was the profit made on the whole undertaking in the last financial year.

Mr. Willink

Under the Articles of Association the National Camps Corporation, which was set up under the Camps Act, 1939, is managed by a Council, the membership of which is subject to my approval. The present members are:

  • Lord Portal, D.S.O., M.V.O. (Chairman).
  • Patrick Abercrombie, Esq., F.R.I.B. A.
  • Sir Samuel Gurney-Dixon, J.P.
  • George Hicks, Esq., M.P.
  • Sir Edward Howarth, K.B.E., C.B.
  • Dame Florence Simpson, D.B.E.
  • Percy Thomas, Esq., O.B.E., P.P.R.I.B.A.

The members are unpaid apart from Sir Edward Howarth, who receives a salary of £2,200 per annum as managing director. The cost of the central organisation of the Corporation was approximately £7,700 for the year ended 31st March, 1943, which represents just over 3½d. in the £ on the total sum dealt with in the period. Thirty-one camps have been erected; one of these is occupied by an evacuated orphanage, the others, with one exception, are occupied by local education authorities of vulnerable areas for occupation by school children, together with the necessary teachers and staff; under the Act the Corporation is a company not trading for profit. The Act requires that an annual report of the Corporation shall be submitted to me and that copies of the report shall be laid before Parliament. The last report (for the year ended 31st March, 1943) was presented to this House on 10th November, 1943.