§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many forms for completion requiring or requesting information were sent to each section of industry by each Department of state for the last 12 months; and what were the corresponding figures for the last five years.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield,
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 25th October 1976; Vol. 918, c. 9], gave the following information:
In the last 12 months, 500,000 statistical forms were sent out by my Department to firms engaged in industrial production and 340,000 to firms in the distributive trades. For 1975 the corresponding figures were 555,000 and 345,000; and for 1974, 460,000 and 270,000. Figures for earlier years are not readily available. For information about other Departments the hon. Member should address his question to the Ministers concerned.