Oral Answers to Questions — Production (Regional Organisation).

– in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Minister of Supply, as representing the Minister of Production, whether he will now arrange to establish regional executive production councils, meeting weekly under the chairmanship of each Regional Commissioner, to ensure administrative decentralisation, acceleration of decisions and economy in money and man-power, and on which supply Departments and all other appropriate Government Services are represented?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

My Noble Friend has under review the organisation of production in the regions, and has appointed an ad hoc committee under the chairmanship of Sir Walter Citrine, composed of representatives of the British Employers' Confederation, the Federation of British Industries, the Trades Union Congress General Council, and of the regional boards, to advise him on this matter.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

In view of the urgency of the matter can this gentleman get to work immediately? Will he have the powers suggested in my Question?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I understand that he was appointed yesterday and that he has already got to work.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Will the Minister answer the second part of my query, as to whether his terms of reference will include a recommendation on these lines?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I will look into the matter.

Mr. Davidson:

Will the Minister consider publishing the personnel of these regional committees to Members of Parliament?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I will communicate with the hon. Member.

Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Abingdon

Will instructions be given to Regional Commissioners to notify Members of Parliament in their regions when steps are being taken in this important matter?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

Will the right hon. Gentleman make available to the House the information in the report, as soon as it is ready?