HC Deb 22 July 1908 vol 193 c71
MR. W. BENN (Tower Hamlets, St George's)

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade whether, in view of the complicated nature of some of the questions issued to manufacturers under the Census of Production Act, and the practical possibility of answering them correctly, any modifications in the forms issued under that Act are possible.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) The general form of the questions issued to manufacturers is, to some extent, determined by the provisions of the Act itself. The forms for particular trades have been in every case prepared after consultation either with special advisory committees or with important firms engaged in the trade. Where, however, any difficulty arises my Department will always be prepared to consider the special circumstances of the case. I shall be glad to afford my hon. friend any further information and assistance in my power if he will call at the Board of Trade.