HC Deb 08 November 1944 vol 404 cc1360-1
60 and 61. Miss Ward

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty (1) whether the proposed Advisory Committee on shipbuilding and shipping will have powers to make financial recommendations;

(2) whether he proposes to place in the Library of the House the advice tendered to him by the proposed Advisory Committee.

The First Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. A. V. Alexander)

If, in the course of tendering advice to the Minister of War Transport and myself, the Committee find it necessary or desirable to make recommendations involving finance, there is nothing to prevent them from so doing. Advice tendered by the Committee, like the advice tendered to Ministers from other Governmental sources, will be confidential.

Miss Ward

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Advisory Committee appointed by the Minister of Fuel and Power, on coal production, is going to put its report in the Library of the House? Will he follow that precedent, and not the other one?

Mr. Alexander

The matters involved in the work of this Committee are not quite analogous.