HC Deb 01 November 1906 vol 163 cc1347-8
MR. D. A. THOMAS (Merthyr Tydvil)

I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether the introduction of a Bill to establish a bureau of a Minister of Commerce and Industry, on the lines of the Bill introduced last session by the late Government, forms part of the programme of the present Government; and, if so, whether provision will be made in the Bill to give the proper minister the status of a Secretary of State, and pay him an annual salary of £5,000 a year; and when the Bill is likely to be introduced.


No, Sir. His Majesty's Government have come to no decision in the matter.

SIR JOHN RANDLES (Cumberland, Cockermouth)

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware there is amongst the commercial classes in this country a very large consensus of opinion as to the urgency and importance of such a minister being appointed.


I am aware of that.

*MR. R. DUNCAN (Lanarkshire, Govan)

May I ask if the matter is under active consideration?


I do not know what "active consideration" means. I am afraid that there are a good many questions like this that are constantly under our view, but sometimes they are dormant.


May I say that "active consideration" means consideration intended to lead to action?