HC Deb 02 November 1937 vol 328 c715
46. Mr. A. Jenkins

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government has any plans prepared, or in course of preparation, for carrying out public works in the event of the industrial situation growing worse?

Sir J. Simon

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave on 28th October to the hon. and learned Member for Greenock (Mr. R. Gibson).

Mr. Jenkins

Do I understand from that reply that no plans have been prepared or are now in course of preparation?

Sir J. Simon

No, Sir, I do not think that that would be a correct deduction. If the hon. Gentleman will be good enough to look at the reply to which I referred he will see what was then said.

Mr. H. G. Williams

Does my right hon. Friend remember that the public works executed between 1929 and 1931 were causes of the slump?

Mr. Shinwell

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Prime Minister, in reply to a question, has said that he will consider the propriety of preparing schemes of this kind, and are the Government now in a position to present such schemes?

Sir J. Simon

I had in mind the fact that the answer of the Prime Minister was quite consistent, but I think it would be better to leave this matter as one that will come within the scope of the Debate to-day.