HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 cc1281-2
45. Mr. Liddall

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the unfavourable criticism contained in the annual report of the Chamber of Shipping, upon the shipping control and building policy as at present exercised by five Ministers; and whether he will make better arrangements in this respect?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Attlee)

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the passage in the report dealing with the inspection of ships by officers of several Departments. It is obviously difficult to combine different technical functions in the same inspector, but the Minister of Shipping has informed the Chamber that he will be glad to discuss with them any practicable proposals which they can make to this end. He is also in communication with the other Departments concerned upon the matter.