Industrial Diamonds (Price)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons on 10th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the President of the Board of Trade what agreement has been entered into between South Africa and His Majesty's Government as to the price of industrial diamonds; and whether he will state the percentage increase in price since the outbreak of war?

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

I have been asked to reply. So far as I am aware, no such agreement has been entered into. As regards the second part of the Question, information is not available, having regard to the varied nature of the goods.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Have the Government any control over the disposal of these diamonds if they do not even know the price?

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

Yes, we have control, but in no case do we purchase them.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that none are going through to Germany for industrial purposes?

Photo of Mr Charles Peat Mr Charles Peat , Darlington

That is another question.