Oral Answers to Questions — Beer Prices.

– in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has yet had an opportunity of investigating the; prices now being charged for beer to the public; and whether thin Board of Trade has any proposal for protecting the public if the charges of profiteering against the brewers are substantiated?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I am causing inquiries to be made, but I cannot anticipate speedy results in view of the pressure on my staff. I do not think that a renewal of official control is desirable.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

What is the use of holding an inquiry if the Board of Trade propose to do nothing in the case?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

We cannot decide whether to do anything or nothing until we have made the inquiry.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Does the Board of Trade intend to take any action if the charges mentioned in the question are substantiated?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

It depends entirely upon the result of the inquiry.

Photo of Major Frederick Kelley Major Frederick Kelley , Rotherham

I sincerely hope the Government will make inquiries, and if they find the brewers are profiteering they will prosecute them—and I am a brewer.