HC Deb 22 January 1930 vol 234 cc202-3
38. Mr. MANDER

asked the Prime Minister what progress has been made with reference to the appointment of an economic general staff?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

His Majesty's Government have decided to set up at once an Economic Advisory Council under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister. A White Paper setting out the scope and functions of this body, which will absorb the existing Committee of Civil Research, will shortly be presented. I hope to secure for the Council the whole-time services of at least two experienced economists.


Is it true that the Prime Minister is going to co-opt the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) and the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Epping (Mr. Churchill) on to this Council?.


Will these two advisers rank as civil servants, or will they give voluntary service?


Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman will be good enough to wait for the White Paper, and then any further information which he would like to have I shall be very glad to supply.


Will it not be better, instead of a White Paper, to present these particulars in a Yellow Book?