Overseas Tenders (Prices)

Oral Answers to Questions — Palace of Westminster – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th March 1955.

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Photo of Mr Douglas Jay Mr Douglas Jay , Battersea North 12:00 am, 29th March 1955

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to restrain United Kingdom firms from agreeing on identical prices when tendering for contracts overseas.

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

My right hon. Friend has no powers to intervene, except where the Monopolies Commission has reported that such an arrangement is against the public interest.

Photo of Mr Douglas Jay Mr Douglas Jay , Battersea North

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware of the recent case of cable exports to New Zealand, where identical prices are reported to have been quoted? Does he not think that this may be damaging to the reputation of British exports?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

There is a later Question on that subject on the Order Paper.