§ Mr. Hanley
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook) on 16 January, Official Report. column 324, about Companies Act investigations, if he will give for each of the investigations listed the grounds for appointing the inspectors.
§ Mr. Howard
No. There is no statutory requirement to disclose the grounds for an investigation and it is a long-established practice not to do so.