HC Deb 05 March 1962 vol 655 c7W
52. Sir C. Osborne

asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the fact that the American Labour Department estimates that 1,800,000 jobs are being lost annually through automation, he will set up a special committee to investigate how far unemployment is being created by automation in this country, and to advise what steps should be taken to deal with the social consequences; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Green

We are continuing to study not only the effects of automation in this country but the problems it has created in the United States of America and elsewhere. I do not think that the setting up of a special committee would be useful at this stage.