HC Deb 28 October 1952 vol 505 cc191-2W
79. Sir W. Smithers

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many copies of Volume 8, Trade H, Ice Cream, in the Census of Production for 1948 were printed; how many officials were engaged on its production; how long they were so engaged; and what was the cost and what useful purpose was served by this publication.

Mr. H. Strauss

This is part of the Final Report of the Census of Production for 1948 and was presented to Parliament in pursuance of the Statistics of Trade Act, 1947. Six hundred and twenty-five copies were printed at a cost of £28. The staff engaged on the census dealt with 156 separate but inter-related trade reports, and it is impossible to say how many officials were engaged, or for how long, on any one of them. The census was the first complete survey of industrial production since 1935 and has provided information used by both Government and industry.