This activity has been going on continuously through the various Departments concerned and through the economic development committees for individual industries. It has been thought desirable that we should now call together the leading representatives of both sides of industry to consider what further can be done to give a drive throughout industry to technological advance.
In view of the Prime Minister's public commendation of the increased productivity of the agriculture industry, will he set up talks immediately with the leaders of that industry to increase production in view of the assistance that that could be to the present balance of payments crisis?
There have been a series of talks. In fact, I have had talks myself with the N.F.U. on this subject. As I have indicated previously, it is intended that the agriculture industry will be represented at this joint conference.