§ Sir B. FALLE
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of those public companies which have not filed accounts and balance sheets for 1929; how many of them are companies in liquidation; how many have made incomplete returns; and will he arrange for a similar list to be published in the Board of Trade Journal during the first week in April in every future year?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
There are approximately 800 public companies which have not yet filed their annual returns for 1929. In 150 of these cases the company is in liquidation or a Receiver has been appointed or action is being taken by the Registrar with a view to removing the company's name from the register on the ground that it is not carrying on business. In about 60 cases the return is the subject of correspondence between the company and the Registrar, because the return is incomplete or is otherwise not in order. In the remaining cases, about 600 in number, the necessary steps are being taken by the Board of Trade to secure the filing of the returns and balance sheets. I have noted for consideration the hon. and gallant Member's suggestion in regard to future years.