HC Deb 04 April 1940 vol 359 c295
3. Mr. E. Smith

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make a statement on the work of the National Joint Advisory Council and on any changes they have proposed and on which it is intended to take action?

Mr. E. Brown

While not affecting in any way the autonomy and effectiveness of the joint machinery in the various industries the National Joint Advisory Council has been of the greatest value in providing a means of consultation on general matters concerning those engaged in industry and I should like to take this opportunity of expressing appreciation of the way in which the representatives of both sides have placed their experience and knowledge at the disposal of the Government. It is not practicable for me in this reply to refer to the many matters discussed or to indicate the action which may be taken on subjects still under discussion, some of which concern problems which offer no easy solution. I feel, however, that the continuance of the co-operation we have experienced will be of the greatest assistance to the Government in the difficult decisions for which it must be responsible in the winning of the war.

Mr. Smith

Has consideration been given to the friction that is caused by the means test, and if so, is any action to be taken with regard to it?

Mr. Brown

There is a point about that under consideration at the present time.