HC Deb 29 May 1946 vol 423 c1156
53. Mr. Beechman

asked the Minister of Food whether he will publish in HANSARD or in some other convenient form, the results of the costings taken out in regard to the pilchard fishing in dustry.

Mr. Strachey

The results of costings investigations undertaken by my Department are confidential and I cannot, therefore, publish the results of the investigation into the pilchard fishing industry as the hon. Member asks.

Mr. Beechman

Does the hon. Gentleman realise that not only is there great interest in the industry in this matter, but that the future of the industry depends upon these costings being known, considered and understood?

Mr. Strachey

I realise that it is of great importance. Investigation is still going on, but for many reasons I think it would be a great pity to depart from the rule that these costings investigations cannot be made public.