HC Deb 11 September 1942 vol 383 cc545-6W
Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Paymaster-General whether his investigations into post-war reconstruction include an examination into the ever rising productive power of the machine age; and whether any conclusions have been arrived at as to how increased purchasing power will be circulated to consume the increased quantity of goods which will be made available under full employment?

Sir W. Jowitt

The increasing productivity of modern industrial organisation has been in the forefront of economic discussion not only here but in the United States and elsewhere; and it is kept constantly in mind in discussions of postwar reconstruction. The point raised by the hon. Member in the latter part of the Question is being studied by Departments and their economic advisers; but it would be premature to indicate any conclusions at the moment.