HC Deb 09 December 1953 vol 521 cc1955-6
23. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Food whether he will provide more detailed and more frequent reports on the financial results of his Department's buying and selling of grain and other foodstuffs.

Major Lloyd George

Full information on the financial results of my Department's trading activities is already given annually in published Trading Accounts. It would be impracticable to publish Trading Accounts more frequently.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the Minister aware that it makes the public very anxious when once a year we are told that the Minister wants another £127 million to make up trading deficits on various accounts? In view of the many millions of pounds he has apparently frittered away, will he produce half-yearly or quarterly statements?

Major Lloyd George

If there has been any anxiety on the part of the public, they must have got used to it after six years of Socialist administration.

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