34. Lieut. - Colonel Sir ARNOLD WILSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is proposed to make an order under the Act of 1917 for a further census of production; if so, whether he will consider fixing 1936 as the censal year in order to facilitate correlation of results with the national census if taken in that year; and whether he will introduce legislation to amend Section 3 (1) of the Census of Production Act, 1906, whereby the Board of Trade are precluded from requiring compulsory statements of the amount of wages paid?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Dr. Burgin)
The intention is to take a Census of Production at intervals of five years with the 1930 Census as the starting point of the series. The necessary Order for a Census in respect of the year 1935 will be laid before the House shortly. The collection of information about wages is a matter primarily for the Minister of Labour, and I will consult my right hon. Friend on my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion.