HC Deb 07 March 1917 vol 91 cc382-3
48 and 49. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE

asked the Prime Minister (1) whether it is the intention of the Government to have a series of Imperial War Cabinets; if so, will he state whether the series is to be continuous and when it will begin; and (2) if he can give the approximate date when the Imperial War Conference will assemble and the probable duration of its sittings; whether a fairly full Report of the proceedings will be presented to Parliament, together with the resolutions, if any, that maybe passed at the Conference; and will he also say whether an opportunity will be given to the House to discuss the Report and resolutions?


The Imperial War Cabinet will meet in the near future. Until the delegates have assembled, I cannot answer the other points raised by my right hon. Friend.


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the forthcoming Imperial Conference, he will consider suggestions for a system that would promote the production of all essentials of life in this country and encourage the production of luxuries and non- essentials in the countries of our present or potential enemies, thereby ensuring that, in the event of international disturbances, the cessation of imports from those countries would not seriously affect our national industries and resources?


The Government are already taking steps to secure the object referred to in the first part of the question, but are not prepared to encourage the production of anything in the enemy countries.