HC Deb 29 July 1975 vol 896 cc481-2W
60. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if it is his practice to release confidential details of departmental inquiries to outside bodies before general release; and if he will list the cases in which this has been done during the past five years.

Mr. Clinton Davis

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to inquiries under the Companies Acts. Information obtained as a result of inquiries under the Companies Acts 1948 and 1967 is provided only in accordance with the provisions of those Acts. It would not be practicable to tabulate how those provisions have been applied in each of the large number of cases involved.

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