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COMMITTEE ON THE CENSUS

GUY L. MOSER, Pennsylvania, Chair man WILLIAM H. LARRABEE, Indiana

J. ROLAND KINZER, Pennsylvania JOHN E. RANKIN, Mississippi

ROBERT A. GRANT, Indiana A. LEONARD ALLEN, Louisiana

CARL T. CURTIS, Nebraska OREN HARRIS, Arkansas

LELAND M. FORD, California CHARLES KRAMER, California

HENRY O. TALLE, Iowa MICHAEL J. KENNEDY, New York

C. W. BISHOP, Hlinois
ED GOSSETT, Texas

WILLIAM H. STEVENSON, Wisconsin
JOHN R. MURDOCK, Arizona
J. HARDIN PETERSON, Florida
GRAHAM A. BARDEN, North Carolina
CLINTON P. ANDERSON, New Mexico
LUCIEN J. MACIORA, Connecticut
R. T. BUCKLER, Minnesota

ANNA B. SANDT, Clerk
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CONTENTS

Statement of

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Battle, Mr. John D., executive secretary, National Coal Association,
representing the producers of bituminous coal..

146
Capt, Mr. J. C., Director of the Census.-

42, 69, 87, 249
Conover, Mr. Julian D., secretary, American Mining Congress -

139
Dempsey, Hon. John J., Under Secretary of the Interior -

127
Garretson, Mr. L. R., vice president, Industrial Advertisers Associa-
tion, Philadelphia, Pa-

191

Jones, Hon. Jesse H., Secretary of Commerce-

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McClure, Mr. Howard H., Assistant Director of the Census.

112

May, Mr. Stacy, Chief, Bureau of Research and Statistics, Office of

Production Management -

27

Murphy, Mr. W. D., president, National Industrial Advertisers'
Association, Chicago, II.

175, 290

Prescott, Mr. Roy B., director of research for Sales Management

Magazine of New York,

167

Reed, Dr. Vergil D., Assistant Director, Bureau of the Census.

221

Rice, Dr. Stuart A., Assistant Director in Charge of Statistical Stand-

ards, Bureau of the Budget..

297

Sayers, Dr. R. R., Director, United States Bureau of Mines -

149

Taggart, Dr. Herbert, Chiet, Division of Accounting, Analysis and

Review, Office of Price Administration...

119

Taylor, Hon. Wayne Chatfield, Under Secretary, Department of
Commerce

6
Ullman, Mr. R. G. E., Ullman Corporation of Philadelphia -

154
Wright, Mr. Frank C., Jr., Anthracite Industry of Pennsylvania - 144

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QUINQUENNIAL CENSUS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1941

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON THE CENSUS,

Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10 a. m., the Honorable Guy L. Moser (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen, I will call the committee to order. Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Jones, is here and he would like to testify, and I would like to have the committee's attention while he testifies, that he may return to his other duties. I gave him my word that we would not hold him any longer than absolutely necessary.

Secretary Jones, we will hear you.

STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE JESSE H. JONES, SECRETARY

OF COMMERCE

Secretary Jones. Mr. Chairman, I am here to stay as long as I can be of any service, and I am here to testify to something I do not know a great deal about, because there are men in the Department, particularly the Director of the Census Bureau, who are qualified to discuss the bill in detail.

It is my understanding that the bill does not give the Bureau any power it has not had for a good many years. It does add the right to make information available to national-defense agencies under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of Commerce. The bill will, I am informed, enable the Census Bureau to engage in current statistical work, which will make speedily available, rather than after some lapse of time, information which is badly needed by the 0. P. M. and the War and Navy Departments. As I understand, they inspired the legislation.

The bill provides that the Census of Manufactures, which is now taken every 2 years, will be taken every 5 years, and that the Census of Distribution and Mining, which is now taken every 10 years, will be taken every 5 years. The current statistics and the changed census period will give normal users of census figures more information than they now get and not less, as some people seem to think.

8. R. 5232, introduced by Mr. Rankin, is identical in form with S. 1627, already passed by the Senate, with the exception, as I understand it, that the Senate bill somewhat lessens the penalty for violations of confidence. Our people do not seem to think that is particularly serious, but that would be for you gentlemen to consider.

The change made by the Senate in passing the bill is satisfactory to the Department of Commerce.

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