Economic Situation (Publicity)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1948.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough 12:00 am, 29th April 1948

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, in view of the economic plight of the country as shown by the Economic Survey, 1948, what new steps he proposes to take to compel the nation to face the facts.

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

In this country, it is customary to invite rather than to compel people to accept particular attitudes of mind; and the steady rise in production over a wide field of industry is evidence that the public is responding to the measures which the Government has taken, and will continue to take, to make the economic situation widely known.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

Is the Minister aware that, up to even quite recently, the Lord President of the Council was not aware that there was an economic crisis?

Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North

Would it not be of some help if the Opposition paid some attention to facts themselves?