HC Deb 06 August 1940 vol 363 c31
54. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in connection with the recent appointment of a Consultative Council of eight members to advise him on special problems arising from war conditions, he will give the name of the chairman of this Consultative Council; and whether he is in a position to make a statement regarding the recommendations which have been made by the Council since its formation?

Sir K. Wood

I preside over meetings of the Council. Its discussions are confidential.

Mr. De la Bère

Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that any recommendations which this Council may make will not be dallied with, but will be acted upon? Is he aware that he is fortunate in having men with brains on this Council, and that they can help him a lot if he will act upon their advice?

Sir K. Wood

I agree for once with my hon. Friend.

Mr. Stokes

As most of the people on the Council are orthodox and old-fashioned, will the right hon. Gentleman appoint somebody a little less orthodox?