Oral Answers to Questions — Black Market (Penalties).

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

While I am in full sympathy with the view that rigorous action should be taken against these offenders, whose offence like many other offences, are detrimental to the war effort, I cannot agree that it would be right to use Regulation 18B for this purpose. These offences can be dealt with by the courts, and provision has recently been made for an increase of the penalties which can be imposed. The exceptional powers of Regulation 18B ought not to be used in cases which can be dealt with by criminal proceedings in the courts of law.