§ Mr. KELLY
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the Report of the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies (Part IV) on trade unions, containing statistics for the year 1926, has not yet been published; and whether, in view of the fact that Returns for a given calendar year are required from the unions before 1st June following that year, it is possible to expedite the compilation and publication of these Reports?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
I have been asked to reply. The Chief Registrar regrets that, owing to the number and variety of the statistics with which his Department has to deal with the staff available, and in particular additional work which has been entailed in the preparation of another part of his Report, the part referred to, which should normally have appeared in the middle of 1928, has been delayed, but it is hoped to publish it this month. He wishes to point out. however, that an annual summary of particulars is published in advance. The summary of the trade union Returns for 1926 was published in December, 1927.