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Government-Acquired Private Under Takings (Post-War Disposal)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 1 April 1943

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government when the war is over to return to the owners and managers concerned the private businesses that have been taken over by the Government for various reasons in the national interest?

This question has to be considered in relation to the disposal, after the emergency, of assets of which the Government has acquired ownership for the purposes of the war. That question is receiving preliminary study, but decisions as to the scope and method of such disposals will depend upon a variety of circumstances and considerations which cannot be fully assessed at the present time including, of course, the possibility of changes in the nature and value of the assets while they have been in Government hands.