§ 45. Colonel DAY
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the diminish- 1822 ing volume of British exports, due in part to the high cost of commodities, he will appoint a select committee to inquire into the present methods of production and distribution so that employers and manufacturers may have brought to their notice modern machinery and methods and the possibilities of lowering the overhead and standing charges which are at present handicapping British trade?
§ The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)
I fully appreciate the importance of the subjects referred to, but as they are within the scope of the Committee of Industry and Trade, I do not think any useful purpose would be served by the appointment of a further committee.
§ Colonel DAY
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that production and distribution, if it could be lowered, would have a very great effect on relieving unemployment?
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
Is it not a fact that the light hon. Gentleman and his colleagues are seeking to bring together mine owners and men for an inquiry into their industry to find a solution, and would not the same tiling extended over the whole area of industry do likewise?
§ Mr. HOPKINSON
Do we understand from the right hon. Gentleman's reply that ho proposes to mind his own business?