HC Deb 19 December 1968 vol 775 cc471-2W
Mr. Bagier

asked the Minister of Power if he will publish the instrument of appointment of the Chairman of the National Coal Board.

Mr. Mason

It is not the practice to publish confidential communications between Ministers and Chairman of Nationalised Boards, and I am afraid formal instruments of appointment come within this category. I would, however, refer my hon. Friend to the Prime Minister's reply to the hon. Member for Bristol, Central (Mr. Palmer) on 4th March, 1965 [Vol. 707, c. 307]. Details of appointments are published in the annual White Papers on Public Boards, which appear in December each year.