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Trade Boards Inquiry (Evidence)

Volume 149: debated on Friday 16 December 1921

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asked the Minister of Labour what is the reason for the delay in placing on sale to the public each day's evidence before the Trade Board Inquiry Committee as the inquiry proceeds, seeing that there is a very large public demand for this evidence daily which would more than repay the Stationery Office the expense of printing; and will the Minister see that such evidence as has already been given is at once placed on sale, each day's evidence separately, as unless the evidence is available to the public it will not be possible to correct any inaccurate statements made to the Inquiry Committee either by officials, employers, or workers?

It is not proposed to issue the evidence given before the Trade Boards Committee from day to day. It is not the general practice in the case of either a Commission or a Committee to follow this course, and it does not appear that there is any ground for making an innovation in respect of this Committee. I should add that the enquiry is public, and interested parties can therefore hear any evidence with which they are concerned.