HC Deb 08 July 1964 vol 698 c98W
Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will publish in HANSARD a list of the names of the leading 12 firms who have since 1951 been the recipients of the largest Government contracts, and the total amounts of such contracts for each of these years; and what was the average profit allowed for on each of these contracts.

Mr. Thorneycroft

I will certainly try to do so if the hon. Member wishes, but it will take many weeks of work and many man hours of time at a moment when I am seeking both to reorganise my Department and reduce the numbers of staff.