HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 cc400-1
13. Mr. Ridley

asked the Minister of Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the accounts of all subsidiary companies of nationalised industries under his control.

Mr. Carmichael

We have agreed with the nationalised transport industries to make available to the House copies of the future accounts of their active direct subsidiaries as and when they are required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies.

Mr. Ridley

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on reversing the policy of the previous Minister. Will this include the accounts of subsidiaries of British Railways making and repairing railway wagons?

Mr. Carmichael

This is not a departure from previous practice. All that has happened is that previous accounts filed with the Registrar will also be put in the Library, and perhaps save hon. Members some trouble. The hon. Gentleman is really asking about Clause 45, which was discussed in great detail in Committee. The accounts of the railway workshops, as a subsidiary, will also be placed in the Library.