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National Plan (Parts I And Ii)

Volume 728: debated on Thursday 12 May 1966

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asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what proposals he has to revise the figures in Parts I and II of the National Plan.

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Dickens) on 5th May.

Is it intended that there shall be any change in the techniques used to collect and compile the figures for the National Plan? If so, will the House be so informed?

Certainly we are taking steps to improve the methods of collecting information from industry. There was a very inadequate statistical service in the Government when we came to office. There will be opportunities from time to time for us to inform the hon. Gentleman and the House of the progress we are making.