asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Explanatory Memorandum, issued by his Department in March, 1941, on the Concentration of Industry is still the basis of concentration; and how many Departments or Ministries are now concerned with the initiation of concentration?
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it advisable to have more concentration under one head in order to get one definite policy? Is it not possible that with two or three Departments dealing with this there would be two or three different readings of the Memorandum?
No, Sir. There has not been retreat; there has been reconsideration of the position in the light of the economic position. We must, of course, always be prepared to take account of any changes in the original situation which led to a particular scheme being advisable before.