§ 2. Mr. Crouch
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how he interprets the statutory qualifications required for the appointment of chairman and deputychairmen of the gas boards.
§ Mr. Crouch
Would it not be wiser to have a qualified gas engineer at the head of affairs? Surely my right hon. Friend does not suggest following the example of the previous Government of creating "jobs for the boys"?
§ Mr. Lloyd
No, Sir. I think that qualified gas engineers are most important in the organisation, and the Act lays down the procedure, I think, correctly. General administrative experience is most important, and was of course one of the qualifications in the successful gas companies in pre-nationalisation days.
§ Mr. H. Hynd
Is the Minister aware that it is not the custom in commercial undertakings to have technicians as members of the board?
§ Mr. Beswick
Would the Minister express his disagreement with the implied criticism that the present chairman has not the necessary qualifications?