HC Deb 08 May 1952 vol 500 cc533-4
18. Mr. Fletcher-Cooke

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the results of the questionnnaires sent out from the Statistics Division of his Department to the paint trade for the year 1949 have yet been issued.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

No, Sir, but it is expected that the reports of the Census of Production for 1949, including that on the paint trade, will be published well before the end of this year.

Mr. Fletcher-Cooke

Is my right hon. Friend aware that owing to the lateness of the publication of these results they are quite useless?

Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

Is not the right hon. Gentleman lending his authority to the notion that a form is only a form when it is issued by a Labour Government but should be called a questionnaire when issued by a Conservative Government?