Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Advisory Council.

– in the House of Commons on 1st October 1931.

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Photo of Mr Edward Wise Mr Edward Wise , Leicester East

49.

asked the Prime Minister whether the Economic Council is still functioning; whether its membership has been changed since the present Government came into office; and, if so, in what respect and for what reasons?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, and to the second in the negative, except for a resignation and the ex-officio attendances; the third part does not therefore arise.

Photo of Mr Edward Wise Mr Edward Wise , Leicester East

Will the right hon. Gentleman say who has resigned and why he has resigned?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

The hon. Member knows that this is not a public committee, and that the names of the committee and its work are not disclosed.

Photo of Mr Edward Wise Mr Edward Wise , Leicester East

As the names have been published in the Votes of this House, is there any reason why an answer should not be given to my question?

HON. MEMBERS:

Order!

Photo of Mr Edward Wise Mr Edward Wise , Leicester East

On a point of Order. May I call your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the fact that the Prime Minister was about to reply to my supplementary question?

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

I do not think that that is the case.