§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the President of the Board of Trade further to his answer to the hon. Member for Leeds, Central (Mr. Fatchett) of 18 November,Official Report, column 225, if he has concluded his consultations on proposals to require large companies to state in their reports and accounts how quickly they pay; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Neil Hamilton
[holding answer 9 February 1993]: My Department issued on 25 January a consultative document on the options for taking forward our commitment that in future large companies will be required to state in their report and accounts how quickly they pay. We are asking for comments by 26 March. A copy of the document has been placed in the Library.