HC Deb 13 November 1950 vol 480 cc1375-6
50. Mr. Malcolm MacPherson

asked the Lord President of the Council whether the Import Substitution Panel of the Committee on Industrial Productivity has now been re-formed; under what name; and whether its reports will be published.

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

Following my statement to the House on 24th July last I have, after consulting my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, set up a Natural Resources (Technical) Committee which will cover the field of the former Imports Substitution Panel, and will be under Professor Zuckerman's chairmanship. I cannot undertake to publish the Committee's reports, which may be numerous and sometimes lengthy, but I will endeavour to keep the House suitably informed of anything of special public interest that emerges.

Mr. MacPherson

Is it my right hon. Friend's intention that this Committee will be on a permanent basis?

Mr. Morrison

I should not like to say that. It certainly is not too temporary, but I never like to commit myself to permanence in the way of committees. It is always right to review them from time to time.