HC Deb 21 November 1961 vol 649 cc1124-5
18. Mr. Oram

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conclusions he has now reached about the representation of consumers on the proposed National Economic Development Council.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

I have nothing to add at present to the reply I gave to the hon. Member's supplementary question on 14th November.

Mr. Oram

Is not consumer satisfaction the final test of sound economic planning, and ought not organisations of consumers to be represented equally with organisations of producers? Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman consider the possibility of extending the number of proposed independent members and include among them someone conversant with consumer interests?

Mr. Lloyd

I have heard with interest what the hon. Gentleman has said, and I will certainly bear it in mind.

Sir Richard Pilkington

Has my right hon. and learned Friend noted that at least one hon. Lady opposite who is in the Chamber hopes that absolute chaos will be produced in the planning council by the presence there of the Trades Union Congress?

Mr. Stonehouse

Will the Chancellor consider allowing representation to the Co-operative Movement, which represents 12 million consumers?

Mr. Lloyd

I said I was considering that matter.