Clause 17. — (Interpretation.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Monopoly (Inquiry and Control) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1948.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot 12:00 am, 29th June 1948

This is an instance of the practices which the Government say will be inquired into by the Bill. I will not read all the letter but I will, if I may, read the next paragraph. Referring to the President of the Board of Trade, the writer says: The interesting part which he suppressed is this—for four months prior to the fuel crisis we wrote, interviewed, pleaded and finally begged the Board of Trade to allow us to import tubing from France. The Board of Trade in numerous communications claimed that no importation could be permitted, yet during this same period the same department of the Board of Trade was granting import licences to Duralite Limited, a company partly owned by the C.W.S. I only bring in this instance to show the sort of irresponsible statements which are made even by Ministers of the Crown.