Second-hand Furniture (Price Control)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he has now reached any decision on the question of price control of furniture sold by auction;

(2) what alteration he proposes to make in the price control of second-hand furniture.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

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.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

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?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

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.