HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc193-4W
Mr. C. Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will define the scope of the pilot census of distribution; what towns will be covered by it; under what powers it is being taken; when it will be completed; what information collected will be published; and when publication may be expected.

Sir S. Cripps

It would be necessary to hold the Pilot Census of Distribution at a very early date if the results are to be collated and studied in time for a full census in respect of 1948. In view, however, of the difficulties of the economic situation, it has been decided that the Pilot Census will be postponed until next year. This will mean that the full census will be taken in respect of the year 1949.