Post-War Planning (Uthwatt Committee's Report).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 5th February 1942.

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Mr. Graham White:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings when the Final Report of Mr. Justice Uthwatt's Committee on Post-War Reconstruction was received; and why it has not been published?

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether he will state the reasons for the delay in the publication of the Final Report of the Uthwatt Committee, having regard to the fact that the interim Report was completed early in 1941, though only published in July, 1941?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

My Noble Friend has not received any further Report from the Committee since the Interim Report which was presented to Parliament last July.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether he would consider making contact with some other representative of the Government and arranging that the learned counsel who is mainly engaged on the production of this Report is relieved from other work, so that he can devote his time to it, and get the Report out at an early date?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

My hon. Friend asked why the Report had not been published, and I thought a very proper answer was that it had not yet been received.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

But will the hon. Gentleman consider the suggestion that the reason it has not been received is that not sufficient time has been given to it?

Mr. White:

When will it be possible to introduce the legislation which is foreshadowed, and when will it be considered by the Government?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

That is another question.