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Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

Yesterday in the Chamber, I and my right hon. Friend Liam Byrne raised the question of escalating prices in local shops and concerns about profiteering. We understand that the Competition and Markets Authority may be looking into this issue, but may I ask the Minister to urge it very rapidly to look at where this is taking place? Is it local shops, wholesalers or cash and carry, or suppliers? Is it even to do with the international market in terms of perishable goods? This is a matter of real concern. Once the Government have found out where the problem is, will they bring forward measures to crack down on this profiteering?