HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 c1002
21. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the provision under which the accounts of the Coal Board must be submitted to the Public Accounts Committee of this House.

Mr. Shinwell

Section 31 of the Act requires the submission of the accounts of the National Coal Board to each House of Parliament, and under the Standing Orders of this House examination by the Committee of Public Accounts is thus within the discretion of the Committee.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that he will not in any way obstruct the statement of any relevant details?

Mr. Shinwell

I do not guide the activities of the Public Accounts Committee.

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