§ 26. Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Trade when the inquiry into the affairs of the Lonrho Company was started; when the report was completed; and when it will be published.
§ Mr. Taylor
Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House frankly what is going on? Is it true that there has been pressure from other Ministries that the report should not be published? Is it not rather unfair to the Lonrho Company, after all the allegations that have been made against it, that it seems that attempts are being made not to have the report published?
§ Mr. Lipton
How much longer will my right hon. Friend consider the report? Is it being held up because a certain Member of another place got a £130,000 tax-free golden handshake?
§ Mr. Ronald Bell
Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is in fact taking a very long time to decide? Is he aware that the general belief is that this is a very interesting report and refers to quite a number of people in various parts of the world, and that we should all like to see it?
Mr. R. C. Mitchell
Did I hear my right hon. Friend correctly? In answer to an earlier supplementary question, did he say that he was considering whether 911 the report should be published? Surely it must be published.
§ Mr. Burden
Will the right hon. Gentleman point out that any so-called golden handshake above £5,000 is taxed at the full rate?
§ Mr. William Hamilton
Will my right hon. Friend give a categorical assurance now that he will publish as much as possible of the report—indeed, all of it if possible but, if not, as much of it as he can—and explain to the House why he is not publishing the rest of the report?