Emergency Regulations (Committee)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South 12:00 am, 12th July 1949

I am now able to announce the names of the members of the Emergency Committee which I am setting up under the Emergency Regulations, 1949. The Chairman of the Committee is Sir Alexander Maxwell, lately Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office. The other members are Mr. C. N. Gallie, Sir Thomas Gardiner, Sir Frederick Leggett, and Mr. W. G. Weston. The Committee will be responsible for discharging the duties set out in the Regulations.

Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern

In view of the fact that the Smithfield branch of the Transport and General Workers' Union this morning decided they would not handle meat brought to the market by the troops, is it the Minister's intention to extend the function of this new Committee to cover Smithfield?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

I would suggest that we do not anticipate difficulties of this kind. They can legitimately be considered in the general Debate tomorrow.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Has the Minister taken very great care to see that no Communists have got on that Committee?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

My hon. Friend can very well depend on that.