HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 cc213-4
61. Mr. E. Smith

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will give a list of the individuals and corporations from whom the securities were purchased as shown in the Statutory Rules and Orders, No. 213, Emergency Powers (Defence) Finance, showing also, all changes in ownership since the shares were registered with the Treasury at the commencement of the war?

Captain Crookshank

No, Sir. I consider that no useful purpose would be served by publishing a list of the kind suggested.

Mr. Smith

In view of the fact that appeals are being made to the people of this country, are they not entitled to know who owns these shares and what was paid for them?

Captain Crookshank

I do not understand what is in the hon. Gentleman's mind. What was paid for the shares was, of course, laid down in the order.