Orders of the Day — Political Parties (Accounts)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th December 1949.

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Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , Oxford 12:00 am, 15th December 1949

The actual size of the figure is in the neighbourhood of £400,000, so far as one can ascertain from the Registrar of Friendly Societies. The result is that two-thirds of that political fund is not disclosed in the Labour Party's accounts from the political funds of the trade unions. The figure I am taking is not the figure for expenditure, but I think I am making a reasonable assumption that over a period of years the trade unions' expenditure is not in excess of their income.