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Trade Board Inquiries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Mining Industry. – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1926.

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Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

55.

asked the Minister of Labour upon what date the Reports of his inquiries into the grocery and provisions, catering, drapery, and meat distributive trades will be available?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

The Reports to which the hon. Member refers will, I hope, be published in the course of a few weeks. I cannot yet state the dates.

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

Can we know why there is such delay in giving the House this information, when the Government had it many weeks ago?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

As the hon. Gentleman is probably aware, there has been great pressure upon the Stationery Office, and we have not been able to issue the Reports up to the present, but I hope it will he possible to issue them in about three weeks.

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Lincoln

May I ask whether it would be possible for hon. Members who are specially interested in this subject to have these Reports before they are printed?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

No, Sir, certainly not. Until they are printed, it would be quite impossible to circulate them.

Photo of Mr Frederick Macquisten Mr Frederick Macquisten , Argyll

Would it not be possible to employ outside and efficient labour?

Photo of Captain Robert Gee Captain Robert Gee , Bosworth

Could not the hon. Gentleman take steps, in the interests of economy, to get these Reports printed by contract?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

That is a point with which I have no power to deal.

Photo of Captain Robert Gee Captain Robert Gee , Bosworth

Will the hon. Gentleman make representations to the proper authority?