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Audit Department Officials And Political Influence

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 August 1907

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To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, seeing that the positions of Comptroller and Auditor-General (£2,000 per annum) and Assistant Comptroller and Auditor (£1,500 per annum) are political appointments in the gift of the Crown, he will explain the circumstances under which the Comptroller and Auditor-General and the Assistant Comptroller and Auditor recently considered it expedient to draw the attention of their subordinates, a considerable number of whom have only small rates of pay, to an office rule forbidding the use of political influence by such subordinates. (Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I have already dealt with this matter in previous replies to the hon. Member.