Catholic Herald Reporter Tw° prominent Catholics, Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick, chairman of the ITA, and Lord Longford, chairman of the National Bank Ltd., are involved in a switch of posts announced this week. Sir Ivone is succeeding Lord Longford as Bank Chairman and Lord Longford is returning
to full-time active politics.
The change will take place at the annual meeting of the Bank in February 1963. Sir Ivone is already a director of the National Bank.
Lord Longford told the CATHOLIC HERAT D : "I felt that as the education of my children was almost completed, I could afford to take the chance of returning to full-time polities."
Asked if his decision had any connection with the decline in the fortunes of the Conservative Party and the moves to reform the House of Lords so as to allow peers to sit in the Commons, Lord Longford said that he had taken his decision before either of these developments. "Polities are my first love and I have always been anxious to return to them full time," he said. "If the opportunity arises for me to serve in the House of Commons I will gladly do so."
Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick has been chairman of the ITA since 1957 and his five-year term of office expires in November. A highlyskilled diplomat, his greatest service to the television industry was to win the programme companies' support for his policies where his powers under the Television Act prevented him from commanding it.
He had a great understanding of the problem of communication and was able to improve the standard of programmes without sacrificing their capacity to catch arid main tam n viewer interest. lie believed strongly in the educative powers of television but felt that it was necessary to progress slowly.
Sir Ivone, who has established his home in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, started off life as a diplomat. He was charge d'affaires at the Vatican in 1932-33 and first secretary in Berlin from 1933-38. He was U.K. High Commissioner in Germany from 1950 to 1953 and permanent under-secretary of State in the Foreign Office from 1953 to 1957, before retiring to join the ITA.
Sir Ivone told the Geritotre HERALD that he was sorry to be leaving the ITA, but "that is life and we must move on".
Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes
Lord Longford, who is 46, was Minister of Civil Aviation in the Attlee Government of 1948-51. He is one of the intellectual leaders of the Labour Party and has been active behind the scenes in many of the policy debates which have been going on in Party circles in recent years.
He is obviously a leading candidate for a Ministerial post in the next Labour Government. His wide ranging interests—he is Chairman of the Committee to save the LCC, chairman of the National Society for the Mentally Handicapped, and Chairman of the New Bridge for ex-prisoners — and his work for penal reform and youth services mark him as especially suitable for ministerial rank. in the fields of home affairs, education, health or local government.