Beveridge Committee's Report.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Henry Brooke Mr Henry Brooke , Lewisham West

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now state when the Second Report of the Beveridge Committee on Skilled Men in the Services will be published?

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now say when it is proposed to publish the Report of the Beveridge Committee; and what action has been taken since the Report was issued in October last?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am not at present in a position to add to my reply to the hon. Member for Gravesend (Sir I Albery) on 8th January, 1942.

Photo of Mr Henry Brooke Mr Henry Brooke , Lewisham West

I do not know whether my right hon. Friend himself is responsible, but why has it taken the Departments concerned three months to arrive at decisions on the Report of this very important Committee?

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the idea is getting about that no real effort is being made to expedite publication of the Report?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I can assure hon. Members that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, in conjunction with my right hon. and gallant Friend the Secretary of State for War, is dealing with the points in the Report affecting the defence organisation.

Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind especially, with a view to making representations to the necessary quarters, that there are men of low military grade who are unsuited for military duties, but are nevertheless skilled workmen and very much wanted in productive industry?

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Is it not urgently desirable that the Prime Minister should have some colleague in his Cabinet who can decide these things for him?

Viscountess Astor:

Does not this prove that the Prime Minister cannot be Prime Minister and Minister of Defence at one time?