HC Deb 15 March 1926 vol 193 cc25-6
46 and 47. Mr. REMER

asked the Prime Minister (1) if trade witnesses were called before the Committee which investigated the case of the steel industry under the Safeguarding of Industries Act; and, if so, will he publish their names;

(2) if he will explain to the House whether the Committee appointed to investigate the state of the steel industry was a Committee of the Cabinet or an independent Committee appointed by the Cabinet?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)

The application of the steel industry was not referred to a Committee for inquiry under the Safeguarding of Industries procedure for the reasons which I gave to my hon. Friend on the 21st December last. A preliminary investigation on a wider basis into the state of the industry was conducted by the Committee of Civil Research, but as I explained in reply to my hon. Friend on the 8th February it would be contrary to established practice to give information relating to the composition or proceedings of a Cabinet Committee.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

May I take it that this question is now closed and will not be reopened, and that there is no further question of safeguarding steel?


There are very few questions in this world of which I would say they are closed.