Statistical Returns

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Production – in the House of Commons on 21st July 1943.

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Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

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?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

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.

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

Will my right hon. Friend be able to apply that to other Departments, including the Ministry of Labour?