HC Deb 03 December 1953 vol 521 cc1302-3
32. Mr. S. O. Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now cause to be published a digest of statistics relating to Wales as is being done for Scotland in the Digest of Scottish Statistics.

49. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will issue annually or bi-annually a Digest of Welsh Statistics along lines similar to those for Scotland.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

The Government propose in future to publish a separate annual Digest of Welsh Statistics at the same time as the annual Report on Government Action in Wales and Monmouthshire.

Mr. Davies

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that that answer will give some satisfaction to the people of Wales at long last? However, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman take counsel with the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a view to having the Chancellor change his attitude on the very important question relating to statistics that I put to him yesterday, that if these statistics are omitted from the Digest the Digest will be very imperfect indeed?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I shall certainly look carefully at the exchanges between the hon. Gentleman and my right hon. Friend and welcome any chance of a talk with him on Welsh matters.

Mr. Gower

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that this is one of the few occasions when people of Conservative and other opinion in the Principality will agree with the opinion of the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydvil (Mr. S. O. Davies)?