HC Deb 27 March 1941 vol 370 c692
28. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Health when the Annual Report of his Department for 1939–40 will be issued?

Mr. E. Brown

In view of the work involved, the pressure under which the staffs of the Ministry and of local authorities are working, the shortage of paper, and other difficulties, I regret that it will not be practicable to continue the publication of Annual Reports during the war. Following the practice adopted in the war of 1914–18, material is, so far as circumstances permit, being collected for publication in a composite Report after the end of the war. If there is any particular subject on which my hon. Friend desires information, which would normally be given in the Report, I will do my best to supply it.

Mr. Davies

Is it not possible for the right hon. Gentleman, without any difficulty, to give us a summary? This is a highly important matter.

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member can rest assured that I am as anxious as he is that the fullest possible information should be given. I will look into the possibility of giving a summary.