HC Deb 08 April 1943 vol 388 cc801-2
45. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint a Royal Commission or an appropriate committee to investigate and report on the method of use of currency, the control of credit, investment and exchange, with particular reference to the need for the maximum utilisation of resources, productive capacity, full employment and the bringing about of international economic co-operation and the maximum export trade?

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

His Majesty's Government do not consider that the appointment of a Royal Commission in present circumstances to inquire into the matters mentioned would be desirable.

Sir Herbert Williams

Has Sir William Beveridge appointed himself to this job because the Government are not going to do it?

Mr. Smith

What steps are being taken to benefit from our experience of the last 20 years and to avoid the mistakes that have been made in connection with this question?

Mr. Attlee

These matters are being examined by the Government.