I am glad to say that progress is being made with this exceedingly tricky problem, and I hope shortly to be able to announce an effective scheme for controlling these prices.
Is the Department aware of the great exploitation which is taking place against the public in relation to auction sales; and will my right hon. Friend regard this as a matter of some importance?
I am very well aware that all sorts of racketeering are going on in this business. We have been making our best efforts to find a scheme that shall be watertight and enforceable. It is easy to make an Order, but more difficult to make one which can be enforced. We are, however, giving high priority to the matter.