Price Regulation

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Francis Beattie Mr Francis Beattie , Glasgow Cathcart

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total number of prosecutions undertaken by price regulation committees and the number in which convictions were secured; and whether he will give the figures for each price regulation committee?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

The total number of prosecutions undertaken by price regulation committees since they were set up at the end of 1939 to 31st July, 1942, was 352. Convictions were secured in 314 of these cases. As the second part of the Question involves a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate the information in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

Committee.Prosecutions.Convictions.
Northern1211
North-Eastern139
North Midland1010
Eastern4033
London2923
South Eastern98
Southern4639
South Western2018
Midland2321
North Western109
South Wales44
North Wales77
South and South East Scotland2222
South West Scotland6359
North Scotland1312
North East Scotland2222
Northern Ireland97

Photo of Mr Francis Beattie Mr Francis Beattie , Glasgow Cathcart

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to a statement made by the chairman of the North Midland Price Regulation Committee regarding the work of price regulation committees throughout the country; and whether this statement represents the view of his Department?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

My attention has been called to an article which appeared recently in a Sunday newspaper. I greatly appreciate the work that is being done by the North Midland Price Regulation Committee, but all these committees are admirably performing their most useful functions, and it would be invidious for me to single out one more than another for special praise.