HC Deb 23 May 1944 vol 400 cc575-6
56. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Production if he can make a statement on the experience gained in practice and research in the extraction of material and chemicals from the sea; what results have been obtained; if it is intended to speed this up as a contribution to the development of our post-war economy; and if he will give an assurance that no person or groups will be allowed to impede development and output in any form.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Production (Mr. Garro Jones)

Even if considerations of security permitted, I fear it would not be possible to give the information for which my hon. Friend asks, within the limits of an answer at Question Time. Though the valuable developments which have taken place are primarily directed to war purposes, I can assure him that the post-war aspects, including the point to which he refers in the last part of his Question, are not being overlooked.

Mr. James Griffiths

Has my hon. Friend seen a pamphlet by Mr. Devereaux suggesting post-war development and is his Department interested in that matter?

Mr. Garro Jones

Yes, Sir, I read that pamphlet word for word; but I could not say whether the matter has reached the stage of final consideration.