Members of nationalised boards are listed in the standard works of reference, and any directorships held by them can also be readily ascertained from such sources.
Why will not the Secretary of State answer the Question? Quite a number of Questions put in this House can be answered by referring to books of reference. This is a specific question concerning members of boards for which he is responsible. Could he give the information? If he did, would he not find that certain members of the boards are also members of public companies?
While one always tries to help hon. Members who ask Questions. I really think that if Questions. are put down seeking information readily available elsewhere, it would take a disproportionate amount of time and work in the Department to meet those requests.