§ 46. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Lord President of the Council if a national plan is being prepared for industry, plans for each industry and targets; if it is intended that they shall be submitted to each industry for democratic discussion and to enable interested people to make a contribution; and when it is intended that the plans shall be worked to.
§ Mr. H. Morrison
I would draw the attention of my hon. Friend to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 27th March, about the appointment and duties of the Chief Planning Officer, which include the preparation of a long term plan for the use of the country's manpower and resources. The work on this plan has already begun and industry will be intimately associated with it through the Economic Planning Board, which is being set up and will be meeting shortly. Both sides of industry are represented on the Economic Planning Board, and arrangements will be made to ensure that there is the widest degree of consultation with industrial interests generally.