HC Deb 18 March 1958 vol 584 cc1081-2
36. Mr. Palmer

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will appoint an engineer or technologist with experience of productive industry as an additional member of the Council on Prices, Productivity and Incomes.

Mr. Amory

I have nothing to add to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Paymaster-General on 6th March to the hon. Member for Northfield (Mr. Chapman).

Mr. Palmer

In view of the depressing and academic nature of the reflections of this Council so far, would it be permissible to have on it someone who understands the problems of production and believes in expansion?

Mr. Amory

I cannot subscribe to the description of the Report given by the hon. Member.

Mr. S. Silverman

Will the Chancellor bear in mind that many of us on this side of the House are very grateful to the Cohen Committee for having confirmed what most of us have been saying throughout our public life, that we cannot have full employment or expansion in a capitalist society?

Mr. Amory

I am always grateful for any evidence of gratitude from the hon. Member.