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Production Campaign

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 20 May 1947

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asked the Prime Minister what further steps are being taken to improve and energise the drive for production, the need for which was made so manifest in the Economic Survey, 1947.

My right hon. Friends the Lord President of the Council, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the President of the Board of Trade have on many occasions explained both the nature of the problems facing us and the action which is being taken in consultation with both sides of industry; and I could not usefully add to their explanations in the scope of a reply to a Parliamentary Question. or to repair footwear. A certificate of registration is necessary in the field of building and civil engineering. The Departments concerned are the Ministries of Food, Fuel and Power, the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Works. Figures are not available, without an undue expenditure of labour, for food wholesaling or manufacture, or for coal retailing, for which licences are obtained from local fuel overseers. The information regarding the other licences is as follows;

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the major proportion of organised workers are eager to implement the Economic Survey, and will he see that, apart from national propaganda on this vital matter, a special report is submitted to industry so that it may be discussed at workshop level by workers and employers? Further, while I appreciate the importance of the national psychology, may I ask my right hon. Friend to bear in mind that it is at industry level, in the workshops and in the farms, that the goods are made?

I quite agree with the importance of the points put by my right hon. Friend, and they are all under active consideration with a view to bringing these matters to workshop level.