§ VISCOUNT MILLS
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will make a statement on the practice of answering Questions relating to the nationalised industries.
§ VISCOUNT HAILSHAM
Yes. This matter has been considered by the Ministers who answer for the nationalised industries.
Her Majesty's Government at present are prepared to answer Questions on a Minister's exercise of the power he has to give a general direction in the national interest to a nationalised board, provided that the direction is one of general and 1252WA not of local application. Her Majesty's Government have not hitherto answered Questions seeking general statistical information.
Against this background Her Majesty's Government have decided to adopt the following practice. They will consider sympathetically giving answers to Questions seeking statistical information on a national basis about a nationalised industry and it is hoped that this will be regarded as a useful improvement.