That a Select Committee be appointed to examine the current expenditure defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament for the Defence Services, for Civil Defence and for other services directly connected with the war, and to report what, if any, economies consistent with the execution of the policy decided by the Government may be effected therein.
Committee accordingly nominated of Mr. David Adams, Mr. Ammon, Sir Ernest Bennett, Mr. Bossom, Mr. Brooke, Mr. Butcher, Major Sir Edward Cadogan, Mr. Douglas Cooke, Mr. Culverwell, Viscountess Davidson, Sir Ralph Glyn, Sir Arnold Gridley, Mr. Geoffrey Hutchinson, Mr. Kimball, Mr. Kirby, Mr. Leach, Mr. Lipson, Sir Adam Maitland, Mr. Mort, Mr. Price, Mr. de Rothschild, Sir George Schuster, Colonel Sir John Shute, Mr. Silkin, Mr. Storey, Miss Ward, Sir John Wardlaw-Milne, Sir Harold Webbe, Mr. Graham White, Sir Herbert Williams, Mr. Woodburn and Sir Robert Young.
That the Committee have power, in cases where considerations of national security preclude the publishing of certain recommendations and of the arguments upon which they are based, to address a memorandum to the Prime Minister for the consideration of the War Cabinet, provided that the Committee shall, whenever they have exercised such power, report the fact as soon as possible to the House.
That the Committee have power to give such Co-ordinating Sub-Committee power to
appoint such Sub-Committees as may seem to them desirable and to refer to such Sub-Committees any of the matters referred to the Committee, to alter the order of reference of any Sub-Committee, to direct two or more Sub-Committees to sit jointly, to nominate Members of the Committee for service on any Sub-Committee, to appoint the Chairman of any Sub-Committee, to discharge the members of any Sub-Committee and to appoint others in substitution for those discharged: Provided that any action taken by the Co-ordinating Sub-Committee in the exercise of any of the powers referred to in this Order shall be invalid unless approved by the Committee within twenty-one days.
That every Sub-Committee, including any Co-ordinating Sub-Committee, so appointed, have power to send for persons, papers and records; to sit notwithstanding any Adjournment of the House; to adjourn from place to place; and that every Sub-Committee shall report any evidence taken by them to the Committee.