§ The Minister of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Harold Macmillan)
The National Smoke Abatement Society has been doing valuable work for many years as an independent body financed by subscriptions. I believe that its independent status is one of its assets. As the hon. Member may know, a new and independent organisation has now been set up by the British Productivity Council to develop the fuel efficiency advisory services to industry.
§ Mr. Macmillan
That is quite a different question. I still think—although I am open to reconsider it—that these independent societies, of which there are now two, are more powerful and do better work if they maintain independence.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
Will the right hon. Gentleman reconsider the question of a grant to the Smoke Abatement Society, as he agrees they have done very valuable work and, I think, there are many precedents for such a course?