Wage and Price Policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Dr. Russell Thomas:

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has now any statement to hake in regard to a general wage and price control policy?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I would refer my hon. Friend to the previous statements that have been made on 20th November and 18th December last on behalf of the Government and the contents of the White Paper of July, 1941.

Dr. Thomas:

Will my right hon. Friend not only bear in mind the stabilisation of the currency but also the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of people who are still outside the scope of any trade and wage agreements?

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Will the rig at hon. Gentleman consider the recent action of the Australian Government in this matter?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I should not like to comment upon the action of one of the Dominions Governments.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

It is not question of comment.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I have no information on that subject except that which is contained in newspaper reports.

Viscountess Astor:

You may learn even from the newspapers.