§ MR. PARKER SMITH (Lanark, Partick)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is preparing any fresh Return similar to "Labour Statistics, Returns of Expenditure by Working Men," presented in 1889; and, if not, whether, considering the probability that information will be more readily obtained since the former Return has made clear the objects of the inquiry, and considering the importance of the information which would be given by such a Return if including a sufficient number of instances, he will give orders for the preparation of such a Return?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS BEACH, Bristol, W.)
The subject to which the hon. Member refers has not been lost sight of, and I hope that a continuation in a more complete form of the Return in question may be prepared at no distant date. But the Department is so pressed with work at the present time that I do not feel able at the moment to give any distinct pledge in the matter.