National Plan (Parts I and II)

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1966.

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Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , Oswestry 12:00 am, 12th May 1966

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what proposals he has to revise the figures in Parts I and II of the National Plan.

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Dickens) on 5th May.

Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , Oswestry

Is it intended that there shall be any change in the techniques used to collect and compile the figures for the National Plan? If so, will the House be so informed?

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

Certainly we are taking steps to improve the methods of collecting information from industry. There was a very inadequate statistical service in the Government when we came to office. There will be opportunities from time to time for us to inform the hon. Gentleman and the House of the progress we are making.