HC Deb 13 April 1943 vol 388 c1049
47. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an undertaking that no shares or industries taken over by the Government during the war will be handed back to former owners without first having consultation with the workers in those industries and, if necessary, a vote of the workers affected?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. His Majesty's Government can give no such undertaking.

Mr. Kirkwood

Is the Prime Minister aware that while he is using up his genius and undoubted energy in winning the war, the big industrialists and big financiers are taking care that they win the peace? What is the Prime Minister going to do to prevent terrible disaster such as happened after the last war?

The Prime Minister

A firm reliance on representative government and Parliamentary institutions, based on the operation of practically universal suffrage.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Prime Minister aware that the workers in these industries would object very strongly to the share sharks being let loose in their now comparatively peaceful pool?