Oral Answers to Questions — Utility Clothing.

– in the House of Commons on 16th December 1941.

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Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the second word "not" in Article 10 of the Utility Apparel (Maximum Prices) Order, 1941, was inserted by accident or design; and whether he will explain the intention of the article?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

By design, Sir. The amounts in the Schedule are intended as the net figures after deduction of discount for cash or settlement. Article 10 permits the gross price for these goods to exceed the amount specified in the Schedule when payment is not made so as to earn the discount.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the wording of this Article has caused a good deal of doubt and difficulty to the trade, and will he take steps to remove such doubts and difficulties?