HC Deb 19 February 1948 vol 447 cc250-1W
63. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury when it is anticipated that the promise to introduce a Four Year Plan is to be implemented; when the targets for production are to be issued and is it intended that there shall be democratic mutual discussion with those engaged in industry.

Mr. Jay

As the Economic Survey for 1948 which will be published shortly will make clear, the difficulties and uncertainties of our immediate future are such that our planning must be as flexible as possible. It is not proposed, therefore, to publish any single comprehensive long-term plan at this stage and the second part of the question does not arise. It is, of course, the policy of His Majesty's Government to discuss all questions of this kind with the representatives of industry.

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