HC Deb 28 April 1960 vol 622 cc364-5
11. Mr. Darling

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to publish the results of the Survey of Shopping Habits.

Mr. Maudling

I have decided that, although the Report provided some information of technical interest, it did not contain sufficient conclusions of general interest to justify publication.

Mr. Darling

We were told earlier that to some extent the new Bill would be based on the evidence from this inquiry. If that is so, is it not desirable that we should have all the evidence before we get the Bill? Without the evidence to bring the Hodgson Committee up to date, we would be in difficulties through dealing with an out-of-date report.

Mr. Maudling

I think publication would not be justified, but I would be very glad to consider putting copies in the Library, if that would help hon. Members.