HC Deb 19 March 1952 vol 497 cc2309-10
31. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why he has abolished the Colona] Economic Advisory Committee.

Mr. Lyttelton

The main function of the Colonial Economic and Development Council (to which I assume that the right hon. Member is referring) was to advise upon new colonial development plans. Such plans having now been adopted by almost every Colonial Government, I have not felt justified in keeping the Council in being.

Mr. Dugdale

Is not the real reason that the right hon. Gentleman is afraid of exposing his economic nakedness to these eminent gentlemen, who really do know something about economics?