British Industrial Truck Association

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 December 1969.

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Photo of Mr Robert Sheldon Mr Robert Sheldon , Ashton-under-Lyne 12:00, 1 December 1969

asked the Minister of Technology if he will make a statement on the refusal of members of the British Industrial Truck Association to give certain information to his Department.

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Stretford

There was no outright refusal by members of the British Industrial Truck Association to provide information to the Department, and a number of them co-operated very fully. The Association was, however, opposed to a comprehensive survey of the industry that our officials proposed.

Photo of Mr Robert Sheldon Mr Robert Sheldon , Ashton-under-Lyne

Will my hon. Friend accept that this non-co-operation by the association is a very poor example of how industry should co-operate with the Government to the advantage of both?

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Stretford

The Department is very disappointed at the outcome of this matter. However, in many other areas there is a great deal of collaboration with member firms of the association, and it works very well as a general rule.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

Is not this partial reluctance by an industry a note of warning to the Government to get their inquiry mania under control and return to the basic incentives of competition and tax reform?

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Stretford

I could not accept the suggestion that there is a mania of the kind that the right hon. Gentleman describes. As I said in answer to my hon. Friend, generally there is a good collaborative atmosphere between B.I.T.A. and the Minstry.