HC Deb 16 October 1946 vol 427 cc870-1
3. Mr. Rees-Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that there is confusion and lack of decision in the handling of industrial and economic affairs by the Government of the Malayan Union; and whether he will take steps in order that a single department of economic affairs may be set up to replace the present trade and industry department and to absorb the economic functions now being performed by administrative officers in the secretariat.

Mr. Creech Jones

I am not aware that there has been any such confusion or lack of decision on the part of the Government of the Malayan Union, in spite of the unprecedented economic problems with which that Government has to deal. But I am bringing to the notice of the Governor the suggestion which my hon. Friend has made.

Sir Stanley Reed

Can the right hon. Gentleman inform us what the Malayan Union actually is at the present time?

Mr. Creech Jones

I think the hon. Gentleman is fully aware that discussions on that problem are going on at the present time.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

Does not the Minister think that the considerable degree of confusion that exists arises from the fact that there is a high commissioner, two governors and an economic adviser—a sort of "four ring circus"—all trying to work in different directions?