Post-War Reconstruction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence Personnel. – in the House of Commons on 26th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

asked the Prime Minister whether the Department of the Minister without Portfolio, dealing with post-war reconstruction, will be kept functioning pending a decision as to its ultimate organisation, and to whom are Questions concerning its past and present work to be addressed?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I can at present add nothing to what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said on Tuesday last in the course of his statement, and I hope that Questions may be postponed until the scheme has been submitted.

Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

Could my right hon. Friend give an assurance that the schemes which have been prepared by my right hon. Friend the late Minister, some of which were of special interest, will not be allowed to lapse, and can he further give an assurance to the House that this important work will not be relegated to a subsidiary department of the Ministry of Works and Buildings, but that a Minister especially responsible for the work will be appointed?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

My hon. Friend will observe that I said that I could not add anything to the statement which the Prime Minister has already made. That statement, I think, covers some of the points raised by the hon. Member.

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The Minister has said he can say nothing more.

Photo of Sir Henry Morris-Jones Sir Henry Morris-Jones , Denbigh

I only wanted to ask a small question.