HC Deb 24 October 1916 vol 86 cc943-4

asked the Prime-Minister if he will consider the advisability of creating fair food prices tribunals throughout the country on similar lines to the military service tribunals, giving them power to prevent or punish all those who for no just reason raised the prices of food above a proper figure?

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

The Prime Minister has asked me to answer this question; It is not proposed to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion. But I am considering the desirability of asking the House to confer further powers on the Board of Trade with a view to checking any preventable rise in prices.