HC Deb 20 September 1948 vol 456 c501
45. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee, contained in their reports issued since 30th July.

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

I have been asked to reply. The outstanding report of this Committee is now being considered and the result will be contained in the Treasury Minute that will be issued in the normal course early in the next Session.

Sir W. Smithers

In view of the fact that these reports reveal a waste of public money and an excess of bureaucrats, may I ask the Lord President if he will set up an independent committee of business men to overcome this further evidence of Socialist mismanagement?

Mr. Morrison

I rather think the hon. Member is confused about the report. There is only one outstanding report of the Public Accounts Committee.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider making a formal reply to the recommendations and suggestions of these very important Select Committees of Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee and the Select Committee on Estimates, by means of White Papers to be laid on the Table?

Mr. Morrison

I am dealing with the Question on the Order Paper. As regards this, the result will be contained in a Treasury Minute which will be available to hon. Members.