War Production (Private Property Interests).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Prime Minister when the Government will introduce such regulations as may be necessary to prevent personal interests in property of any kind standing in the way of efficiency and swiftness of production?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

The Government have already wide powers, but if the need were shown to exist for powers beyond those already possessed, the Government would have no hesitation in seeking them.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

I put this Question down to the Lord Privy Seal. May I ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has read the speech made by the Lord Privy Seal in the House on 25th February, in which he said that action was to be taken?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Yes, Sir, I have read it.

Photo of Captain Edward Cobb Captain Edward Cobb , Preston

Can we have an assurance that the national interest will always be given priority over the self-interests of capital and labour?