HC Deb 10 February 1938 vol 331 cc1229-30
21. Mr. Lawson

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to meet the recent heavy increase of unemployment by plans for works of public value?

Mr. E. Brown

Perhaps the hon. Member will be good enough to await the reply which will be given by the Prime Minister later to-day.

48. Mr. Shinwell

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the increase in unemployment recently announced, he will expedite the examination by the Economic Advisory Council of the preparation of schemes of work to meet future industrial depression?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

I am afraid I must adhere to the terms of the Treasury Minute appointing the Economic Advisory Council which lays down that their work should be confidential.

Mr. Shinwell

Can the Prime Minister say whether the Economic Advisory Council has met of late, and whether it is undertaking an inquiry of this kind?

The Prime Minister

With regard to the latter part of the supplementary question, I must stick to the terms of my first answer.

Mr. Shinwell

Will the right hon. Gentleman reply to the first part?

The Prime Minister

I should require notice of that.

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