asked the Minister of Production whether he is aware that an average engineering concern is called upon to supply statistical data to Government Departments in excess of pre-war requirements under approximately 4,000 to 5,000 headings per month; and will he make arrangements to avoid calling for unnecessary returns and to eliminate duplication?
The hon. Member will recognise that to ensure proper control and planning of war industry a considerable amount of statistical and factual material must be called for. It is, of course, the aim of Government Departments to restrict these returns as much as possible. I have just received from the hon. Member the forms of which he complains, and I will communicate with him as soon as I have been able to examine them.