§ 41. Mr. Morris
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the Government's present policy on the taking over of private firms by the State in the nation's interest.
§ 42. Mr. T. Fraser
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the considerations taken into account in determining Government policy on the acquisition by a publicly-owned company of a privately-owned firm.
§ Mr. Maudling
The Government would not permit a policy of deliberately extending the area of public ownership but publicly-owned firms must be permitted to defend their commercial interests if they are threatened.