HC Deb 23 May 1946 vol 423 cc525-6
45. Mr. Erroll

asked the Prime Minister what improvements in production he can now report as the result of his recent campaign for increased production.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister would refer the hon. Member to the Monthly Digest of Statistics, which shows encouraging, increases in production in a number of important industries. I may mention also that brick production has increased 80 per cent, since January, that the number of permanent houses building in Great Britain rose from less than 25,000 on 1st January to 66,000 on 1st April, and that exports in April were at a rate nearly 60 per cent, above December.

Mr. Erroll

Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there is considerable room for a great deal of further improvement?

Mr. Morrison

There is always room for further improvement in all parts of the House.

Mr. Stokes

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a catastrophic fall in engineering production as a result of the policy being put forward by His Majesty's Government in regard to manpower?

Mr. Morrison

I could not accept that.

Sir Henry Morris-Jones

Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there would be considerable improvement in production if junior Ministers in the administration were to issue fewer threats to the public?

Mr. Speaker

This is the sort of Question which always leads to an unusual number of supplementary questions.

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