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Natural Resources (Technical) Committee

Volume 480: debated on Monday 13 November 1950

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50.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether the Import Substitution Panel of the Committee on Industrial Productivity has now been re-formed; under what name; and whether its reports will be published.

Following my statement to the House on 24th July last I have, after consulting my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, set up a Natural Resources (Technical) Committee which will cover the field of the former Imports Substitution Panel, and will be under Professor Zuckerman's chairmanship. I cannot undertake to publish the Committee's reports, which may be numerous and sometimes lengthy, but I will endeavour to keep the House suitably informed of anything of special public interest that emerges.

Is it my right hon. Friend's intention that this Committee will be on a permanent basis?

I should not like to say that. It certainly is not too temporary, but I never like to commit myself to permanence in the way of committees. It is always right to review them from time to time.