Economic Advisory Council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1931.

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Photo of Mr Cecil Malone Mr Cecil Malone , Northampton

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asked the Prime Minister what is the present staff of the Economic Advisory Council; to whom are they responsible; and under whose directions this staff are functioning?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

The administrative staff of the Economic Advisory Council consists of two joint secretaries and three administrative assistants. Additional assistance is obtained from departmental staffs in connection with particular inquiries. These officers work under my direction and are responsible to me as chairman of the Council.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the Economic Advisory Council are now considering the cereal position?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

I assumed that the House knew the condition under which this work had been carried on. It is that the reports of the work of the Economic Advisory Council are not made except to me and that they are not published, unless, at the beginning of the operations of the work, it is announced that they will be published.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Have questions about the Economic Advisory Council to be addressed to the Prime Minister?

Photo of Mr Archibald Skelton Mr Archibald Skelton , Perth

May I ask the Prime Minister whether he proposes—

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

Several supplementary questions have already been asked on this question.