HC Deb 22 November 1977 vol 939 cc618-9W
Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will review his decision to approve the Companies Registration Office's ceasing to operate a postal inquiry service, in view of the statutory requirements on companies to register information fully and promptly.

Mr. Clinton Davis

The postal inquiry services formerly operated on a non-statutory basis by the Company Registration Offices in London and Edinburgh had to be withdrawn because of the need to concentrate staff resources on statutory functions.

In view of the continuing need for economies in civil service manpower I regret that I see no prospect of their reintroduction.