HC Deb 28 June 1974 vol 875 c10W
Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what are the numbers of civil servants or other persons paid out of public funds who are currently engaged in examining the books of the 4,000 private companies whose accounts he is checking; and what is the approximate cost in time and money of this operation.

Mr. Benn

The staff employed are the same staff as were employed by the previous Government who paid out all this money but kept no record of the total sums paid out to the firms concerned.