asked the Minister of Production whether he will be in any way responsible for the appointment of the new directors of David Brown and Sons, Huddersfield, in place of those appointed on 1st July last who have now resigned?
Sir Charles Craven, as Chairman of the (Inter-Departmental) Munitions Management and Labour Efficiency Committee, is, at the request of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply and myself, in consultation with the firm to assist them in their appointment of new directors to the Board. The firm welcome these discussions.
As the directors recently retired were appointed by my right hon. Friend's Department or the Ministry of Supply, does my right hon. Friend propose to take some sort of responsibility for the administration of this firm?
No, Sir. At the present moment the directors are being appointed by negotiations.