HC Deb 05 May 1943 vol 389 cc165-6
49. Mr. Marder

asked the Minister of Production what steps are being taken to fill the gap in organisation now existing by the establishment of joint district production committees?

Mr. Lyttelton

Joint production committees at individual firms were set up by agreement between the Engineering Federation and the unions concerned. Any suggestion for the setting-up of similar joint district production committees is a matter for consideration by both sides of industry. I would, however, remind the hon. Member that official machinery for the discussion of district production problems exists in the District Committees which have been set up under the Regional Boards of the Ministry of Production.

Mr. Mander

Has my right hon. Friend's attention been called to the recent article on this subject in "The Times," where it was pointed out that there was a serious gap in that chain as regards the district committees, and does he propose to take any action?

Mr. Lyttelton

I have pointed out that the district committees under the regional board serve this purpose.

Mr. Austin Hopkinson

Is it not a fact that these gaps in the chain of committees are the only loopholes through which manufacturers can escape and get on with their work?

Mr. Simmonds

Will the Minister see that all these committees which are in existence are doing their work and not create any more?

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