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Aircraft Production (Sir Charles Bruce-Gardiner)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether the recent appointment of Sir Charles Bruce-Gardiner is to be a full-time job; and whether he is continuing to draw a salary from the Society of British Aircraft Constructors?

The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes" and to the second part "No, Sir."

Can the Minister say whether this gentleman was paid £10,000 a year by a select number of aircraft producers to preserve the monopoly of that select number?

I am afraid that I do not know what the gentleman's salary was or the purpose for which it was paid.

Will the Minister make inquiries, and if the facts are as stated, will he see that this gentleman's wings are effectively clipped?