Economic Situation (Government Departments)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the present grave financial and economic situation of Britain, whether he will abolish either temporarily or permanently, some of the present Ministries.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

No, Sir. The distribution of duties between Departments is kept under review, but I am not at present proposing to abolish any Department.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

In view of the superfluous expenditure which the country is incurring now, would not the Prime Minister consider dealing with this subject later in the statement he is to make on the question?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

We keep this particular point under very careful observation. It is one worthy of notice.