HC Deb 08 February 1944 vol 396 cc1599-600
3. Captain Peter Macdonald

asked the Minister without Portfolio whether the plans of the Ministry of Reconstruction yet comprise any priority and special facilities for rebuilding the economic life of the regulated areas.

Sir W. Jowitt

I can, assure my hon. and gallant Friend that we are giving due weight to the needs of these and other areas which have been specially affected by war conditions in planning the use of our resources after the end of the war.

Captain Macdonald

In view of what the regulated areas have encountered because of the war, and the fact that the Minister of Labour has said that rehabilitation is an urgent need immediately after the war, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman take steps immediately to see that priorities are given?

Sir W. Jowitt

Those areas that have been specially affected by the war obviously need special consideration.

Mr. Shinwell

Is there not a mistake in the Question? It refers to the "Ministry of Reconstruction." Can my right hon. and learned Friend say whether, in fact, there is a Ministry of Reconstruction?

Sir W. Jowitt

No, Sir, there is not. There is a Minister, but not a Ministry.