HC Deb 16 June 1959 vol 607 cc232-3
33. Mr. Atkins

asked the President of the Board of Trade when the full report of the census of distribution for 1957 will be available; and when the next census of distribution will be taken.

Mr. J. Rodgers

Some results of the census have been published in the Board of Trade Journal and, if printing facilities allow, more will be published in the coining weeks. The full report on the census is expected to be published in August. Looking to the future, my right hon. Friend is now considering the appointment of a committee to advise on the taking of a census for 1961 as was recommended by the Committee on the Censuses of Production and Distribution.

Mr. Atkins

Is my hon. Friend aware that the decision to take a further census will be generally welcomed? In view of the necessity for industry to keep up to date not only with production but with distribution methods, can my hon. Friend say whether it is possible in future to make the results of these censuses available rather more quickly than in the past?

Mr. Rodgers

We shall certainly do all we can to expedite the publication of the final results.

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