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Commissioner for Special Areas (Reports).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

asked the Minister of Labour, whether, in addition to the three published reports from the Commissioners for the Special Areas, Vile Government have received any other report or reports on the subject of those areas; and, if so, whether he will make such report or reports available to Members of this House?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

No, Sir, I have re-received no report from the Commissioner for Special Areas in England and Wales other than the three which have been published.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that during his recent visit to Wales it was brought to us that he discussed with the Commissioner a private report which the Commissioner had sent to his Department? Is that the truth?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

No. There is no truth in it at all. Of course, there is constant communication between the Special Commissioner and myself and between his Department and my Department, but there is no unpublished document which could, by any stretch of the imagination, be called a, report.

Photo of Mr Arthur Jenkins Mr Arthur Jenkins , Pontypool

Will the right hon. Gentleman state that the whole of the reports submitted by the Commissioner have been published?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Certainly. That is the answer which I have given.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Has the right hon. Gentleman received any memorandum from the Commissioner which could have been published and could be published now?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The Commissioner points out in his report that he sent a forecast of how his mind was working on 27th July. That was embodied in the report, and it is there in full.

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Jarrow

On a point of Order. May I submit that the Minister has just now contradicted a statement that he himself made in an answer to my question previously, when he said he had received no memorandum at any earlier stage than the report? Now he contradicts that.