§ Mr. G. Hutchinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Regional Commissioners and Deputy Regional Commissioners have now resigned their offices; and in how many cases he has decided not to appoint a successor.
§ Mr. H. Morrison
Seven Regional Commissioners have now resigned their appointments. Four of these have already ceased duty and three will terminate their appointments on 31st March, 1945; nine Deputy Regional Commissioners have already resigned their appointments and have ceased duty. Other resignations are pending and will be announced shortly. In no case has a successor been appointed. I should add that circumstances vary as between Regions, and in some cases I consider it to be desirable in the national interest that the Regional Commissioner should remain in office.