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Trade Firms (Official Visits)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 11 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Supply how many visits were made by officials of his Productions Departments to firms who are not members of a trade association or who are not adequately represented by their trade association in 1948; and what are the principles laid down by his Department to guide those officials in deciding when and to whom such visits shall be made.

The visits to firms which officers of my Department make are not determined by whether the firms are members of trade associations, but by the needs of public business. No special guidance is necessary and no records are available which would enable me to answer the first part of the Question.