asked the Lord President of the Council what is the expected cost of the Committee on Industrial Productivity and its panels during the current year.
I have been asked to reply. As I explained on 24th March, no precise estimate is possible of the cost of the Committee on Industrial Productivity and its Panels. It is particularly difficult to forecast future expenditure, but, assuming the continuance of the Committee on its present basis, it looks as though the cost during 1949 will be of the order of £6,000.
In view of the importance of the work of this Committee, is the right hon. Gentleman sure that this sum of money is quite adequate?
Yes, Sir, to meet the present situation, I think it is. There may be developments later on, when we shall have to deal with the matter.