§ 68. Sir L. Lyle
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many Departments appoint inspectors who have the right of interrogating the public as to aspects of departmental work or individual methods of life and trading; and whether he will give detailed information in each case as to the authority exercised.
§ Mr. Peake
Many Departments are empowered to require information to be furnished on various aspects of their work, though, as my hon. Friend will appreciate, the majority of such powers are of an emergency character governed by the terms, and the duration, of Defence Regulations. Without further knowledge of what my hon. Friend has in mind by the phrase "methods of life and trading" I regret that I am unable to answer the latter part of his Question.