HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 cc691-2W
Mr. Pearson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is satisfied with the general functioning of the Area Supply Boards; and has he considered improving the effectiveness of these Boards by regular periodical meetings between the Boards and Members of Parliament for the areas served by the Boards, so that the gearing up of local production to maximum capacity may be attained?

Mr. Bevin

The Area Boards are under the direction of the Industrial Capacity Committee, of which my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply is Chairman. The Industrial Capacity Committee is a committee responsible to the Production Executive. My hon. Friend has recently completed a visit to nearly all the Area Boards and has just forwarded to me as Chairman of the Production Executive a report containing various suggestions for improving their effectiveness. I will be glad to consider the assistance which Members of Parliament might give in this connection.

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