Production Methods (Exchange of Information).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he has any evidence to show that information on common problems is withheld at meetings of technical men who assemble together to consider how to improve war products and output; and is he satisfied that there is a pooling of production methods?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

The evidence at the disposal of the Ministry of Supply shows that information on common problems of production is rarely withheld at meetings of technical experts. There is a noteworthy degree of exchange of information regarding production methods. It must not be forgotten that the Ministry has legal powers to compel disclosure when necessary.