Mr Donald Wade: I have read the Answer. Will the reference include uneven tendering, by which I mean collusive tendering of quotations of different amounts, many of which are excessive, with the object of ensuring that a particular firm will get a contract as a result of a prearranged, secret agreement between all the contractors?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade the terms of reference under which the Monopolies Commission has been asked to inquire into restrictive practices affecting the supply of tea.
Mr Donald Wade: May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether there is any system of priorities in dealing with the subjects referred to the Monopolies Commission, as in the case of tea, which has a direct and important bearing on the household budget? Is it practicable to arrange for the report to be provided more speedily than is normally the case between a reference and the report?
Mr Donald Wade: Is the Prime Minister able to say whether there will be public hearings by this Committee, as the subject of administrative tribunals has aroused considerable public interest?
Mr Donald Wade: Is the Prime Minister aware that there is here an issue of some constitutional importance? Is it right that political parties in Parliament should attempt to dictate to individuals who are not Members of Parliament what they should or should not discuss? Furthermore, is it right that such a principle should become established before it has been debated or voted on by the elected...
Mr Donald Wade: Can the Minister give any indication when this London to Yorkshire road will be completed?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the estimated total expenditure during the latest period of 12 months for which information is available incurred by the Government in the administration and collection of Purchase Tax.
Mr Donald Wade: While I regret that the figures are not available, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he agrees that if the expenditure referred to in the Question were added to the expenditure incurrd by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in calculating and collecting the tax, the total would amount to a very considerable sum?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has yet received a Report from the Reorganisation Commission for Pigs and Bacon.
Mr Donald Wade: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when housewives complain, as they do, about the high cost of bacon, it is difficult to satisfy them with the statement that they must await the report of the Reorganisation Commission for Pigs and Bacon? Would the Minister agree that pigs have not proved very amenable to Government planning, and does he consider this the fault of the pigs or the planners?
Mr Donald Wade: Does the right hon. Gentleman approve of the artificial restriction of acreage by the Potato Marketing Board? Will this not lead to further increases in price, with the result that consumers, on whose good will the producers ultimately depend, will eventually regard potatoes as a luxury which they cannot afford to buy?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the functions of the Coal Committee set up by the Council of the Association of the European Coal and Steel Community.
Mr Donald Wade: Will this Committee be entitled to consider manpower as well as materials? In view of the fact, for example, that Italy needs British coal and is suffering from unemployment and has men who are willing to come to work in our mines, whereas Britain needs miners and would benefit from increased exports of coal, would the Committee be entitled to consider that subject with a view to reaching an...
Mr Donald Wade: Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House when we may expect to have the promised Bill on monopolies and restrictive practices? Will it be before Christmas?
Mr Donald Wade: Is the hon. Member taking into account the considerable difference in site values?
Mr Donald Wade: Are the committees advisory only or have they any wider functions? Following the previous supplementary question, may I ask whether any recommendations made by these committees will be reported to this House?
Mr Donald Wade: I welcome and support the Amendment. It is true that at first sight it seems to me a little puzzling. There is a double negative, or a double-double negative in it, but I think that the House understands the purpose of the Amendment. There is little doubt that the inclusion of household brushes, brooms and mops in the category of goods subject to Purchase Tax would have led to a number of...
Mr Donald Wade: I will endeavour to follow your Ruling, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. The firm engaged in this trade, to which the Amendment applies, pointed out that the proposal to impose Purchase Tax had caused very considerable confusion in the trade, and it is clear, from an examination of that case—although I hope their problem has now been resolved—that it has been resolved only after many hours of...
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he proposes to take on the recommendations contained in the Report of the Monopolies Commission on the Supply and Export of Pneumatic Tyres.
Mr Donald Wade: Is the President aware that the public is becoming increasingly uneasy about these practices? Will he further agree that these practices, some of them secret, which have been brought to light by these Reports, are continuing nearly eight years after the passing of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Act, 1948, which indicates that that Measure was inadequate? Can he say how soon the...