HC Deb 30 June 1915 vol 72 c1801
25. Sir J. WALTON

asked whether, in "view of the price of coal having been forced down by State intervention, he will also take steps to correspondingly limit the prices that may be charged by the consumers of coal for the productions they have to market; and whether he will, as far as practicable, fix maximum rates of freight for shipping?


If the hon. Baronet's suggestion were adopted the Government would have to undertake to fix maximum prices for the sale of all commodities as well as maximum rates of freight. I am afraid that such a course would be impracticable.