Business Names Registration (MR. E. S. Payne)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Alistair Macdonald Mr Alistair Macdonald , Chislehurst 12:00 am, 10th April 1970

This appears to be an astonishing story of incompetence. My hon. Friend and I are members of the Estimates Committee. May I ask whether he has inquired when the Business Names Registry was last investigated by the Estimates Committee? Presumably it is spending public money. I wonder what value we are getting for that money if it cannot do a simple thing like telling people whether someone is already registered.