HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 cc671-2
48. Mr. Cary

asked the Minister without Portfolio whether he is yet in position to give any details of the administrative machinery under his direct supervision; and is it his intention to issue a White Paper setting out briefly the initial objectives which it may be possible to attain during the war period?

Mr. Greenwood

No, Sir. The extent to which a plan of reconstruction can be put into operation during the war period cannot be forecast with any certainty, as it must depend largely upon the developments of the war situation. The major part of the work of investigating problems of reconstruction will fall upon the Departments concerned and upon the outside organisations and bodies which I am consulting, and the administrative machinery under my direct supervision will be evolved gradually in the manner which appears to be best adapted for meeting the requirements as the work proceeds.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Will the right hon. Gentleman pay due regard to having women on some of these Committees which are being set up under this machinery; and is he aware that there is not a woman on the Committee which was set up yesterday.

Mr. Greenwood

Most certainly, and I am in communication now with certain women's organisations.

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