HC Deb 10 August 1914 vol 65 cc2247-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the strict Regulations as to prices now in force for retail traders and in view of evidence that the big meat combines in Lancashire markets and elsewhere are raising the prices unfairly against the retailers, he will take steps to deal with the combines who so raise prices?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)

If any instances are brought to our notice in which meat combines or other persons are unreasonably withholding meat or any other foodstuffs, we shall at once put into force the powers we have taken.