HC Deb 11 March 1942 vol 378 c1059
46. Mr. Hammersley

asked the Prime Minister whether he intends the Minister of State to have a technical staff to survey and progress the whole field of war production?

47. Mr. Higgs

asked the Prime Minister whether it is his intention to re-issue the White Paper on Office of the Minister of Production?

Mr. Attlee

I hope that it will be possible to make a full statement on the scope of the functions of the Minister of State shortly.

Mr. Hammersley

What are we to understand by "shortly"? Does it mean in the course of a few days or a few weeks?

Mr. Attlee

I cannot define it exactly. It means "very shortly."

Mr. Shinwell

Does the statement mean that the new Minister of Production will make a statement himself so that we might discuss it?

Mr. Attlee

I cannot say offhand, but I will consult with my hon. Friend.

Sir H. Williams

Is the right hon. Gentleman holding a job which has not yet been defined?

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