HC Deb 30 October 1947 vol 443 cc112-3W
116. Commander Pursey

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many of the London boroughs have full-time fuel overseers appointed as such; and how many have other arrangements.

Mr. Gaitskell

There are 95 local authorities in the London Metropolitan Police District responsible for appointment of local fuel overseers, of which 26 have appointed full-time local fuel overseers. In the other 69 areas an officer of the local authority acts as local fuel overseer in a part-time capacity.

117. Commander Pursey

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is satisfied that the town clerk of Wands-worth, in view of his many other duties, is in a position efficiently to discharge the important duties of fuel overseer; and whether, in view of the fact that Wands-worth is the largest London borough, he will approve the salary of a full-time fuel overseer as a charge upon his Department's vote.

Mr. Gaitskell

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes." With regard to the second part there is at Wands-worth under the local fuel overseer a staff of 20 persons, including a full-time deputy local fuel overseer, whose salaries are refunded by the exchequer. I know of no reason for changing these arrangements, although I am, of course, prepared to consider any proposals the local authority may wish to make.