§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Snowden)
I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement made on Tuesday by the Prime Minister. Steps are being taken to appoint an expert Committee accordingly. If the hon. Member will put down a question for Tuesday, I hope to be able to give the terms of reference.
§ Mr. SNOWDEN
I cannot, answer that. question definitely at the moment, hut we are very anxious that the Committee should not be too large, and I shall probably confine it to nine or ten. I am afraid that. I cannot answer the question as to the difference between the 1 ewers of a Royal Commission and such a Committee as we propose to set up. I have experience of many Royal Commissions and Committees, and have not yet been able to find out exactly what is the difference between the two.
§ Mr. A. M. SAMUEL
Will the right hon. Gentleman appoint on this Committee representatives of non-political, great commercial bodies in this country?
§ Mr. SNOWDEN
I cannot at the moment, or for some time, announce the composition of the Committee. Hon. Members will understand that it takes time to communicate with the persons whom we desire to serve, but I think that I am justified in saying that when we do make, the announcement of the constitution, it will give universal satisfaction and command general confidence.
§ Mr. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
Will any opportunity be given to this House of discussing the terms of reference?