Public Accounts Committee (Reports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Burma – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee, contained in their reports issued since 30th July.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

I have been asked to reply. The outstanding report of this Committee is now being considered and the result will be contained in the Treasury Minute that will be issued in the normal course early in the next Session.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

In view of the fact that these reports reveal a waste of public money and an excess of bureaucrats, may I ask the Lord President if he will set up an independent committee of business men to overcome this further evidence of Socialist mismanagement?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

I rather think the hon. Member is confused about the report. There is only one outstanding report of the Public Accounts Committee.

Photo of Viscount  Hinchingbrooke Viscount Hinchingbrooke , Dorset Southern

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider making a formal reply to the recommendations and suggestions of these very important Select Committees of Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee and the Select Committee on Estimates, by means of White Papers to be laid on the Table?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

I am dealing with the Question on the Order Paper. As regards this, the result will be contained in a Treasury Minute which will be available to hon. Members.