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Executive Committee (Chairman And Deputy Chairman)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Minister of War Transport what functions are performed by him, as chairman, and by the deputy chairman of the Railway Executive Committee.

The Railway Executive Committee are my agents for the purpose of giving directions under the Railway Control Order and I exercise my powers of control through them. As chairman I reserve the right to preside at any of the meetings of the Committee, a course which enables me to maintain close personal touch with the members individually and corporately. The deputy chairman presides in my absence and is responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the Committee's affairs, consulting me as necessary.

Does the Minister maintain that his right to give such direction will be kept on indefinitely?

I would not like to use the word "indefinitely," but as to claiming that right, the answer is definitely "Yes."