Industrial Production

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

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Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North 12:00 am, 29th June 1948

asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been drawn to a computation of the post-war level of industrial production in the United Kingdom in comparison with that obtaining in 1938 as set out in the United Nations publication Survey of the Economic Situation and Prospect of Europe; and whether he will incorporate this index of production in the Monthly Statistical Digest.

Photo of Mr Douglas Jay Mr Douglas Jay , Battersea North

I have seen the figures to which the hon. and gallant Gentleman refers, and they are, of course, available in the publication he mentions. We are ourselves making an official calculation, which compares the current level of production with that before the war, and will publish the results as soon as they are available.

Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North

Is my hon. Friend aware that those figures make nonsense of Opposition propaganda on the subject?