HC Deb 05 April 1927 vol 204 cc1854-5
16. Colonel GRETTON

asked the President of the Board of Trade when the Government Committee on Trade and Industry was set up under the chairmanship of Sir Arthur Balfour; who are the members of the Committee; what duties were assigned to this body; what have been the results achieved; and when it is expected that the duties of the Committee will terminate?


The answer is a long one, and my hon. and gallant Friend will, perhaps, agree to my circulating it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Can the right hon. Gentleman tell me whether this Committee entails any expense to the Treasury?


I should like notice of that question I think it is probable that the travelling expenses of members attending the Committee are paid.

Follonwing is the answer to the main Question:

The Committee on Industry and Trade was set up by the Prime Minister on 28th July, 1924. The Committee was originally composed as follows:

Sir William Beveridge, Mr. Hugh Dalton and Mr. P. J. Pybus have since found it necessary to resign, and the following additional members have been appointed:

The Committee was appointed to inquire into the conditions and prospects of British industry and commerce, with special reference to the export trade, and to make recommendations in regard thereto.

The Committee has already issued the following volumes of information with regard to various aspects of its terms of reference:

These volumes have been very well received, and found to be of practical value to the industry and trade of the country.

The Committee is now preparing its fourth volume, the Survey of Industries, for publication.

The Committee hopes to issue its Report (the preparation of which is already in hand) towards the end of the current year.