asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the very high percentage of total expenditure included under expenses and management in the balance sheets of certain important trade unions; and whether, in the interests of trades unionists themselves, arrangements can be made whereby fully itemised balance sheets should be issued?
I have been asked to reply. The hon. Member does not state to which trade unions he refers, but in any ease there can be no general answer to the question whether the percentage of expenditure on management is high or not; that must depend on the particular circumstances of each union. As regards the second part of the question, it is for trade unionists themselves to consider whether arrangements of the kind indicated are practicable or desirable.