Board of Trade.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure. – in the House of Commons on 20th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson , Wood Green

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Power, Transport, and Economic Department of the Board will be amalgamated with the Industries and Manufactures Department in order to effect economies in the staff in accordance with the recommendation of the Geddes Committee?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The recommendations of the Committee are all under consideration, and I do not think it advisable to discuss them in detail at the present time.

Photo of Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson , Wood Green

Can these recommendations be carried out as soon as possible, so that their effects may be seen in the coming financial year?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

Whatever recommendations can be given effect to without legislation will appear, I hope, in the forthcoming Estimates.

Captain BENN:

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is his intention to issue any memorandum commenting on the findings of the Geddes Committee?

Captain BENN:

In that case does the right hon. Gentleman agree with the findings of the Geddes Committee?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I think it is premature to say whether I agree or not.

Captain BENN:

If the right hon. Gentleman does not agree, will he follow the precedent inculcated by the Leader of the House, and issue a counter-statement?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I do not always like precedents.