HC Deb 06 August 1940 vol 364 c31
48. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now 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 to those now employed on the manufacture of arms and munitions?

Mr. Attlee

The matter my hon. Friend refers to is of importance, but it is too early to decide whether a separate Ministry of the kind proposed will be desirable.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Is it appreciated that to reorganise for peace may take us even longer than to organise for war, and that the matter is one which should have immediate attention?

Mr. Attlee

That point is quite appreciated.

Mr. Stokes

Will my right hon. Friend say whether any body at all is studying reconstruction after the war?