HC Deb 06 May 1968 vol 764 cc28-9
41. Mr. Longden

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what is the total cost of the redundancy payments made to the staff of Associated Rediffusion.

The Under-Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity (Mr. Roy Hattersley)

Up to 30th April, 1968, the latest date for which information is available, about £9,000 was paid to redundant employees of Rediffusion Television Limited—formerly known as Associated Rediffusion.

Mr. Longden

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that the Act is working as Parliament intended and that a lot of money is not going, quite inequitably, to people who do not really deserve it?

Mr. Hattersley

I am entirely satisfied of that. Equally, I am conscious that there are small anomalies which have resulted in unfortunate leakages from the funds, but these are not anything like the size suggested by some of the critics of the fund.

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