HC Deb 22 June 1938 vol 337 c1066
46. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the trade figures for the month of May, he will now state the Government's policy to meet the slump in trade?

The Prime Minister

I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the reply which I gave to him on 23rd May last.

Mr. Gibson

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what Departments have officials considering this matter, do those officials have joint meeting, and, if so, when did the last meeting take place on the subject?

The Prime Minister

Certainly the Departments concerned do have representatives considering this matter. I cannot say without notice when the last meeting took place, but they are constantly having the matter under consideration.

Mr. Dalton

Has not the slump become much more severe since the Prime Minister's last statement?

The Prime Minister

I do not accept the suggestion of a slump.

Mr. Mathers

Will the Prime Minister expedite the Government decision upon big projects, such as the Forth Road Bridge, which would have a very considerable effect in preventing a slump in Scotland?