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 Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter 12:00 am, 10th April 1970

I am grateful to my hon. Friends for their suggestions, which will always be examined with great care by my right hon. Friend. I cannot, however, do other than find a certain amount of wry amusement in two important responsible members of the Estimates Committee so gaily committing my Department to what would be a very large expense for what could not, perhaps—I put it no higher—be justified by the benefit that would be felt by the taxpayer and those who use the facilities offered at Companies House.

If there is any comfort that I can offer my hon. Friends this afternoon, it is that I will certainly study the points which they have made and pass them on carefully to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.