HC Deb 22 June 1971 vol 819 c255W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why it took him from 28th February until 14th June to send a negative and not fully documented reply to the claim of the hon. Member for West Ham, North, that prima facie evidence did exist and is in existence warranting an independent investigation into misdemeanours and corruption upon the part of an official of one of the nationalised boards.

Mr. John Davies

It took time to examine the evidence submitted by the hon. Member in order to establish that it did not substantiate any charge of corruption or improper conduct.