Oral Answers to Questions — Wines and Spirits (Prices)

– in the House of Commons on 23rd November 1943.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the Minister of Food whether his attention has been called to a resolution of the Price Regulation Committee for the North Midland region urging an enforceable controlled maximum price for wines and spirits and stating that this was pressed a year ago without action taken; and whether, in view of the ring stated to have been formed to the knowledge of this committee for still further public exploitation, he will inquire into this with a view to imposing such provisions for control as will effectively protect the public against this ramp?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I have seen reports in the Press of an announcement on this subject attributed to the Chairman of the North Midland Region Price Regulation Committee. If the Committee will furnish my Department with the information stated to be in their possession, I shall be glad to inquire into the matter as my hon. and gallant Friend desires.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is it not a fact that 12 months have elapsed since they made their representations and that nothing has been done up to now to stop this ramp?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

The hon. Member had better put that Question down.