HC Deb 19 November 1940 vol 365 cc1854-5W
Mr. Liddall

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he will give a Report of the recent work of his Department, and state precisely the progress made?

Mr. Johnstone

No, Sir. As my hon. Friend is aware, the publication of detailed trade statistics has been suspended for the duration of the war: without them no such Report could be of interest. Moreover the preparation of a Report at the present time would involve considerable labour at a time when our public services are working under heavy pressure.