§ Mr. G. Thomas
asked the President of the Board of Trade what sums in architectural fees, consultation fees and expenses, have been paid to the chairman of the Board for Industry (Wales) since 1945 within the light factory programme.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
The total sums paid to various persons by the Wales and Monmouthshire Industrial Estates Company in respect of architectural fees, consultation fees and expenses since 1945 amounted to £953,074. I understand that a part of this has been paid to Sir Percy Thomas & Son, who are a large firm of architects, and that a small annual fee has been paid to Sir Percy Thomas in his personal capacity of consulting architect. It is not in accordance with usual practice to disclose details of payments made to and business placed with individuals or individual firms. I would remind the hon. Member that there is no connection between the Welsh Board for Industry, of which Sir Percy Thomas is Chairman, and the estate company, which is responsible for the building programme in the Development Area.