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Local Fuel Overseers

Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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116.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many of the London boroughs have full-time fuel overseers appointed as such; and how many have other arrangements.

There are 95 local authorities in the London Metropolitan Police District responsible for appointment of local fuel overseers, of which 26 have appointed full-time local fuel overseers. In the other 69 areas an officer of the local authority acts as local fuel overseer in a part-time capacity.

117.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is satisfied that the town clerk of Wands-worth, in view of his many other duties, is in a position efficiently to discharge the important duties of fuel overseer; and whether, in view of the fact that Wands-worth is the largest London borough, he will approve the salary of a full-time fuel overseer as a charge upon his Department's vote.

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes." With regard to the second part there is at Wands-worth under the local fuel overseer a staff of 20 persons, including a full-time deputy local fuel overseer, whose salaries are refunded by the exchequer. I know of no reason for changing these arrangements, although I am, of course, prepared to consider any proposals the local authority may wish to make.