Departmental Reports (Publication Dates)

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 Tom Iremonger Mr Tom Iremonger , Ilford North 12:00 am, 12th May 1966

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs by what criteria he decides on the publication dates of the reports issued by his Department.

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

I am not certain what reports the hon. Gentleman has in mind. Command Papers are published as soon as they are ready.

Photo of Mr Tom Iremonger Mr Tom Iremonger , Ilford North

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the appreciation on this side of the House for the very great skill with which he manages to arrange the times when they become ready? Is he aware that his Department is being increasingly regarded as a subsidiary of Transport House in many respects?

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

If the hon. Gentleman wants to make accusations of that sort, he must itemise them. It would not be possible for him to do so in a single case.