Fertilisers (Monopolies Commission's Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1958.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

My right hon. Friend does not expect to receive it before next year.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Cannot the Minister do something about this? Surely he is aware that a recent authoritative report upon this industry showed that the reduction in production costs has had no reflection at all in prices? This means that there must of necessity be a very high level of Government subsidy.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I do not think that it would be right to interfere with the work of the Commission.

Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West

Since the Monopolies Commission was reconstituted under the provisions of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act, has the President received any reports from the Commission? Is the Minister satisfied that its present reduced size is apt?

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I think that that is another question, which I will do my best to answer if it is put on the Order Paper.