§ 1. Mr. Ridley
asked the Minister of Power if he will undertake to inform the House whenever a new company is brought into public ownership, either directly or through acquisition by a publicly-owned industry under his control.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Power (Mr. Reginald Freeson)
Information about companies bought by the nationalised fuel industries is included in their Annual Reports and Accounts which are laid before the House.
§ Mr. Ridley
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that we on this side of the House attach the greatest importance to his making it known when further acts of nationalisation take place? Why will he not accede to this request and announce the fact?
§ Mr. Freeson
The hon. Gentleman has asked if we will undertake to inform the House and I have told him that this information is published annually and laid before the House.