§ 11. Mr. E. Johnson
asked the President of the Board of Trade how soon he expects that the Monopolies Commission will issue their report on the supply of electrical equipment for mechanically propelled land vehicles; what time has been spent by the Commission up to the present time in investigating this matter; and on what date it was first referred to the Commission.
§ Mr. J. Rodgers
The reference was made to the Commission on the 18th April, 1957, and it has been working on it for just under three years. This is a 1097 very complicated inquiry, and it is not yet possible to say when it will be completed.
§ Mr. Johnson
What useful results have been achieved by this organisation which, according to my hon. Friend's Department, appears to cost £60,000 a year? Can my hon. Friend say, in view of the inordinately long time it takes to produce a report at all, what purpose is served by its continued existence?