§ Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1), taking June, 1957, as equalling 100, what has been the percentage rise to date in the gross national product;
(2) taking June, 1957, as equalling 100, what has been the percentage rise or fall in interest rates, profits and dividends to the latest convenient date. 206W occasions, since January, 1952, formal inquiries into allegations against public servants or Public Departments have been held by people not employed by the Department concerned; and if he will specify the dates, matters under investigation, and results of such inquiries.
§ Mr. Green
Figures of gross national product and of profits and dividends in June, 1957, are not available. Figures on a calendar year basis for 1958–63 of gross national product and of gross trading profits of companies and their payments of dividends were published in the pre-Budget White Paper on National Income and Balance of Payments (Cmnd. 2328). Comparable figures for 1957 can be found in the Blue Book 207W "National Income and Expenditure "published in September, 1963 which covers 1952–62.
There is no comprehensive single indicator of movements in interest rates, but Bank rate at the present time is at the same figure as in June, 1957, namely 5 per cent.