HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1190-1
45. Colonel Baldwin-Webb

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the growing dissatisfaction of the country with the activities of conťrollers in general, he will consider reducing the number drastically with the object of allowing private traders to conducť their businesses on relatively normal lines in the interest of the community as a whole?

The Prime Minister

I cannot accept ťhe implications underlying this question. Plans were carefully prepared in advance to meet the exigencies of war and to promote the inťerests of the community. These plans are constantly reviewed in ťhe light of existing circumstances. In my judgment, it would not be in the interests of the country ťo adopt the proposal contained in the quesťion.