HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 c2416
45. Sir R. Glyn

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the extended rearmament programme and the increasing demands on productive manpower, the scarcity of certain machinery and essential materials, he is contemplating any reorganisation of the various Departments concerned in order that stores and munitions procurement and production may be expedited.

Mr. H. Morrison

I have been asked to reply. No, Sir, not at present, but the Government have constantly in mind the need to keep the administrative machine fully adapted to its changing tasks.

Sir R. Glyn

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that on the reconstitution of the Ministry of Supply, after the war, Sir Oliver Franks stated that the organisation was adjusted for peace and that it was not an organisation for preparing for war?

Mr. Morrison

That may be so, Sir. I would observe, as a general proposition, that there is no finality in the organisation of Government Departments. They must adapt themselves according to the needs of the moment.