HC Deb 03 November 1949 vol 469 cc593-4
60. Mr. York

asked the Minister of Agriculture why no advance publicity was given to the Rental Inquiry before Form R49 was distributed; and whether he is aware that many forms have been destroyed by the recipients.

Mr. T. Williams

The recent rent inquiry on Form R49 was voluntary, and it was considered that the form was sufficiently self-explanatory. The response from those to whom the form was sent has come up to expectations.

Mr. York

Is it not desirable, when the Ministry issue any form demanding or requiring information, that they should give some advance propaganda or publicity?

Mr. Williams

Yes: I agree with the hon. Member.

Captain Crookshank

When the right hon. Gentleman says that the number of replies has come up to expectations, to what sort of percentage does he refer?

Mr. Williams

Forty-seven per cent., as against our expectation of 50 per cent.