HC Deb 03 April 1947 vol 435 c2212
46. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Prime Minister what staff will be provided for the Chief Planning Officer; and if he proposes to appoint an agricultural consultant.

The Prime Minister

The Chief Planning Officer will have only a small personal staff of four or five qualified persons. The planning staff will include, as already explained, the planning officers of the Departments principally concerned with economic affairs, of which the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is one.

Sir I. Fraser

In view of the appointment of an eminent industrialist as industrial adviser, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that our greatest industry, agriculture, should be similarly represented, so that there may be co-ordination?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. I think the hon. Member will realise that the industrial adviser is an adviser over the general field of industry and economics, including agriculture. Other special advisers will be there, including those from the Ministry of Agriculture for agricultural matters.

Mr. Joynson-Hicks

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what are the qualifications of the persons who are to assist the Chief Planner?

The Prime Minister

If the hon. Gentleman wishes to know the qualifications of any person I shall be glad to give him the information, but I have not got it with me now.