HC Deb 26 April 1956 vol 551 cc1969-70
45. Mr. Dodds

asked the Prime Minister if he can yet make a statement following the investigation into the disposal of Government surplus stocks.

The Prime Minister (Sir Anthony Eden)

No, Sir, but I hope to be able to make a statement in the next week or two.

Mr. Dodds

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether he yet recognises the need for dealing effectively with this problem and probing into the murky depths of the racketeers' empire? Can he say whether or not the Committee he has set up will do that and, if not, will he consider setting up a Select Committee for this purpose?

The Prime Minister

I do not know whether it is in order at Question Time to use the adjectives used by the hon. Gentleman. As he will know, I have had this inquiry made, and I think that the report will be available to me very shortly. I am sorry that because of one or two other preoccupations I have not been able to deal with it lately. I hope, certainly before Whitsun, to make a statement.