§ 52. Mr. Jennings
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider, in the public interest, immediately appointing an economy committee to examine the expenditure of all Government Departments instead of following his present policy of appointing an individual to each Department, or on some specific investigations?
§ Sir J. Simon
I doubt whether the means suggested could be substituted for the methods now being employed, but the whole matter is constantly under review.
§ Sir Irving Albery
Can this House understand that there is at present some specific person appointed to the Department, as suggested in the question?
§ 57. Mr. Glenvil Hall
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what Government Departments are planning or executing anti-waste measures; and what steps are contemplated or being taken to coordinate their efforts?
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Crookshank)
All Departments have been requested to undertake a careful examination of every item of their expenditure with a view to eliminating all services not essential to meet war requirements or other pressing public needs and to securing that such services as must be carried on are administered in the most economical manner. They have been asked to report to the Treasury on the steps which they take or propose to take to give effect to this request.