HC Deb 23 February 1939 vol 344 c557
45. Miss Ward

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the importance of the prosperity of shipping, shipbuilding, and marine engineering, to the nation, he will consider the desirability of appointing a Minister of Shipping?

The Prime Minister

I am in agreement with my hon. Friend regarding the importance to the nation of prosperous shipping, shipbuilding, and marine engineering industries, but I do not consider that their prosperity would be secured by the appointment of a Minister of Shipping.

Miss Ward

May I ask whether that is a final decision, in view of the fact that there seems to be some support for the appointment of a Minister of Shipping?

Mr. J. Griffiths

Is it not the case that we hive 2,000,000 unemployed under the Minister of Labour?