Clause 1. — (Power to fix maximum prices for goods.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Goods and Services (Price Control) [Money]. – in the House of Commons on 26th June 1941.

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Photo of Mr John Leslie Mr John Leslie , Sedgefield

I beg to move, in page 1, line 13, at the end, to insert: (2) The Board of Trade shall take into consideration any application for the making of any such order received from any body of persons appearing to the Board to be representative of traders in goods of any description, or, with respect to goods of any description, from the central price-regulation committee. This Amendment ought to appeal to the Board of Trade. It in no way affects the power of the Board to issue Orders or fix prices. It does not infringe on the Board's authority. The Amendment is calculated to assist the Board, while, at the same time, giving the trading community a sense of responsibility. Honest traders—and they are in the majority—desire to assist the Government and the consuming public in this national crisis. Their advice should be welcome, because it is based on practical experience. The men behind the counter have a knowledge of the intricacies of trade and the needs of the consuming public which should be of immense value to the Board of Trade, and I hope the Amendment will be accepted.