HC Deb 21 January 1941 vol 368 c27
57. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Prime Minister whether consideration was given to the present full time and heavy responsibilities of the members of the new Production Executive when their appointments were made; and as to whether a greater contribution to the organisation of total war would have been for the members of this executive to devote their full time to the important matter of production?

The Prime Minister

These matters will no doubt be referred to in the course of the Debate.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the country is not satisfied with having this Committee as a part-time body? As we are organising total war, does he not consider that it should be a whole-time Committee?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, I have strong views on this matter and have had some experience on which to form them, and I should certainly be ready to discuss the matter in debate; but it would be very foolish, as we are to have a two-days' Debate, to begin dabbling with the subject by means of questions and answers.