HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 cc438-9
45. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give consideration to the appointment of a minister of industry and economic reconstruction at an early date with the responsibility of examining and working out plans with local authorities and industry, which will give employment to His Majesty's Forces when returning to civilian life as well as those now employed on the manufacture of arms and munitions?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

I am unable to add to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 26th September.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Does not my right hon. Friend appreciate that it takes some five years to prepare employment schemes, and may I have an assurance that this matter will be considered by the Government at an early date?

The Prime Minister

I cannot add anything to what I have said before.

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