asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the economic difficulties of the nation, he will appoint a committee, similar to that presided over by Sir Eric Geddes, to examine into the expenditure of the State Departments?
I and my Department are continuously engaged in examining State expenditure and in effecting economies. Having regard to the difference between the conditions in which the Geddes Committee were appointed and the conditions of to-day, I do not think that a committee such as that suggested by the hon. Member would be a suitable instrument for the purpose.
Does not the Chancellor of the Exchequer realise that in view of his own performances there is little hope of any reduction in public expenditure unless such a committee is created?