HC Deb 30 November 1982 vol 33 c107W
Q4. Mr. Eggar

asked the Prime Minister which statutory powers of ministerial direction to nationalised industries may include directions related to their advertising expenditure.

The Prime Minister

Statutes vary from industry to industry, but Ministers normally have powers of general direction over nationalised industries which can be exercised in the national interest. In certain circumstances, which would be a matter for consideration in each individual case, it might be possible to use these powers to require industries, in general terms, to reduce their advertising expenditure.

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