HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 cc1112-3
48. Mr. Osborne

asked the Minister of Labour what are the names of the members of the Cost of Living Advisory Committee; how many times they have met since 21st November, 1946; what are its terms of reference; and when he expects to publish its report.

Mr. Isaacs

As the answer is rather long, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate the names of the committee and the terms of reference in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The Committee has met once. I am not yet able to say when its report will be available.

Mr. Osborne

In view of the fact that something like three million workers' wages depend on the findings of this Committee, will the Minister hasten the report, and will he see that the new index figure corresponds to the increased cost of living?

Mr. Isaacs

I cannot ask the members of the Committee to get on any faster in this matter than we have already asked them to do, nor am I responsible for the decision in regard to the second part of the hon. Member's Question.

Following are the names and terms of reference:

The members of the Cost of Living Advisory Committee are as follow:

The terms of reference are to advise the Minister of Labour and National Service on the basis of the official cost of living index figure and on matters connected therewith. The immediate question on which the committee has been asked to advise is whether any revision in the basis of the figure is practicable or desirable in present conditions and, if so, to advise as to the revision that might be made.