HC Deb 17 February 1949 vol 461 cc1341-2
51. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of his appeal for a 2½ per cent. increase of productivity in industry, he will give his assurance that the fullest use will be made of the highly qualified technical staff available in this country to help still further our productivity drive.

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Douglas Jay)

To be successful we shall need the help of everyone, at all levels in industry, including the technical level, and I hope industry will use the knowledge and skill of its technical staffs to the full.

Air-Commodore Harvey

While the hon. Gentleman says that, will he give the House an assurance that definite steps are being taken to enlist the help of highly technical individuals in small firms who have special knowledge about production?

Mr. Jay

It is mainly for industry itself rather than the Government to make use of such services, but the Government are encouraging industry to do so through the National Production Advisory Council and in other ways.