Oral Answers to Questions — Beveridge Report (Government's Attitude)

– in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1943.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Prime Minister how soon the Government will be able to make a further statement of their attitude to the Beveridge Report?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

It is too soon for the Government to say when they will be able to make a further statement.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there is very deep concern and anxiety in the country and the Forces at the Government's apparent surrender to the Prudential? Will he expedite this reconsideration, in view of the promise given by the Lord President of the Council?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Do the Government expect to make a statement within the next few months? May we have an answer to the question? Is not this important?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I should have thought my answer was quite adequate. I said that the Government were not prepared to make it at the moment. I cannot tie myself down to one or two months.