Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Reconstruction.

– in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Minister without Portfolio when he proposes to make a statement with reference to the work of his Department?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

I have already said that I hope to make a statement at a suitable opportunity. Such an opportunity will be sought, but it is not yet practicable to name a date.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Will the right hon. Gentleman open the Debate and make a statement himself, as nobody else knows what he is doing?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

I should be delighted to do so.

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether the suitable date will be during this Session?

Photo of Mr William Craven-Ellis Mr William Craven-Ellis , Southampton

asked the Minister without Portfolio whether he is aware of the prejudicial effect on our war effort of the fear in the minds of many people of the possibility when the war is over of having to face long periods of heavy unemployment in consequence of the Government having no plan to synchronise the increased means of production, which will be available at the close of hostilities, with the machinery of distribution; and what steps he is taking to deal with this?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

The many aspects of the question of the transition from war to peace in industry are under consideration jointly and severally by the Departments concerned with a view to the preparation of plans to obviate as far as possible the difficulties referred to by my hon. Friend. I am in continuous touch with these studies, but in view of the uncertainties of the circumstances in which hostilities will terminate it is not yet possible to publish any plans.

Mr. De la Bère:

Are they dealing with root causes and looking into them?