Automation (Ministerial Responsibility)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th June 1956.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Edelman Mr Maurice Edelman , Coventry North 12:00 am, 28th June 1956

In view of the great crisis in the motor industry, which automation is likely to increase rather than to diminish, would it not be desirable, as a matter of efficiency, that overall responsibility for matters concerning automation—social, industrial and technical—should be brought under one Minister rather than, as at present, be fragmented through a whole variety of Ministers? Does not the present system lead to inefficiency, and prevent the concentration of responsibility which is probably what the Prime Minister himself would like to see?