HC Deb 03 October 1944 vol 403 c733
32. Sir G. Schuster

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will furnish a list of the new appointments which have been made to strengthen the staff of his department with a view to enabling him to undertake the responsibilities that will fall upon him in accordance with the Government's White Paper on Employment Policy.

Captain Waterhouse

Early this year Sir William Palmer, who was then serving in the Ministry of Production, was appointed Principal Industrial Adviser to the Board of Trade. The Control of Factory and Storage Premises is the department of the Board mainly concerned with the White Paper proposals for the balanced distribution of industry, and its staff has already been and is being further strengthened. The Regional Staff of the Board of Trade has also been strengthened in a number of regions. Further appointments, including, the possibility of transfers from the Supply Departments, are under consideration.

Mr. Bowles

Is it not clear from the three day Debate that we had that the House is not prepared to authorise the Government to go forward with this policy? Why have the Government proceeded with it?

Captain Waterhouse

I do not agree at all. I believe that the House of Commons gave the authorisation.

Sir H. Williams

Was not the Motion specifically drawn so that it did not involve endorsement?