asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the complaint made by the Staffordshire Potteries Water Board to his Department about restrictive practices in the supply of cast-iron pipes; arid what action he is taking to have this complaint investigated at an early date.
Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that some suspicion has arisen as a result of the sudden cancellation of this restrictive agreement, following the submission of four identical tenders to the Staffordshire Potteries Water Board? Can the Minister now give a firm assurance that collusion to hold up prices for the supply of cast-iron pipes has now definitely ended?
Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that at a meeting of the Staffordshire Potteries Water Board this week a very strong protest is to be made to his Department about this; and that there is a feeling that the Board of Trade has by no means taken the action it should have done by referring the matter for further inquiry, in the interest of all local authorities with large-scale capital equipment? Would he, at this stage, make some such recommendation?