asked the Prime Minister whether he is now able to make a statement concerning the proposed changes in the economic organisation of the Government's activities?
As the reply is rather long and detailed I propose, with Mr. Speaker's permission, to make a statement at the end of Questions.
The work of Ministers, under the direction of the War Cabinet, falls into three divisions:
- The First Lord of the Admiralty,
- The Secretary of State for War,
- The Secretary of State for Air
Can the Lord Privy Seal say whether Lord Stamp will devote the whole of his time to this work, and if not, what proportion of it? Will he be a half-timer?
His position is unchanged in that respect.
Is the economic committee with which Lord Stamp was associated, and over which the Chancellor of the Exchequer formerly presided, now abandoned in that form?
Yes, Sir. As I have explained to the House, there is now a committee under the Minister Without Portfolio, dealing with general economic matters. Lord Stamp's organisation will report to that committee.
Are we to understand from that answer that the present Chancellor of the Exchequer will not preside over that committee?
As I have said, the Minister Without Portfolio will preside.
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider co-opting on the Economic Advisory Committee men like Professor Harrod and Mr. Maynard Keynes?
Mr. Garro Jones
May I ask a question, Mr. Speaker, which is whether any Minister is specifically charged with the vitally important task of the co-ordination of foreign intelligence in regard to counter espionage?
That subject is dealt with by the Cabinet, and the special organisation dealing with the subject.
Mr. Garro Jones
Is any Minister specifically charged with that responsibility?
The Lord President of the Council is specifically charged with it.
Mr. Glenvil Hall
May I ask that Lord Stamp should not be put on this Organisation?