§ 46 and 47. Major NATHAN
asked the Prime Minister (1) if he is now in a position to state when the report will be published of the committee of inquiry into the iron and steel industry; and whether the Government is taking or countenancing any steps for the reorganisation of that industry pending the completion of the report;
(2) when the report will be published of the committee of inquiry into the cotton industry; and whether the Government is taking or countenancing any steps for the reorganisation of that industry pending the completion of the report?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Philip Snowden)
The question of publication cannot be con- 2696 sidered until His Majesty's Government receive the reports, the drafts of which are, I understand, now in course of preparation. As regards the last part of the questions, my right hon. Friends the Lord Privy Seal and the President of the Board of Trade are exploring the ground in consultation with leaders of the industries concerned pending completion of the reports.
§ Major NATHAN
Is it understood that His Majesty's Government will take no steps in reference to the reorganisation of those industries unless and until the report has been received and published?
§ Mr. SNOWDEN
I am sure the hon. and gallant Member, who has taken an interest in this matter, is aware that steps are being taken every day outside what the recommendations of this inquiry may be.
§ Mr. MACQUISTEN
Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that any steps to reorganise the iron and steel trade will be perfectly futile and useless—[Interruption.]