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Association of International Accountants

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Ford Mr Benjamin Ford , Bradford North 12:00 am, 13th March 1968

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made following the further representations of the Association of International Accountants following its application for recognition under section 161(1)(a) of the Companies Act, 1948; and what further proposals he has to safeguard the position of students under the auspices of this body, whose position is prejudiced following the passage of the Companies Bill, 1967.

Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I received a deputation from the Association on 6th February and undertook to consider some further information which the Association said that it would supply. I have only very recently received that information, and I am now considering it.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Ford Mr Benjamin Ford , Bradford North

Does my right hon. Friend realise that he has not replied to the latter part of my Question, and that this "non-reply" miserably fails to reconcile itself with the remarks that he made in Committee on this matter? Is he aware that this matter will be pursued with determination until some element of justice enters the situation?

Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I have certainly not gone back on any undertaking that I gave in Committee. I asked the Association to provide me with further information on matters that arose in my discussions with it. The discussions took place on 6th February and I received this further information yesterday. I am not holding up anything.