HC Deb 04 November 1918 vol 110 c1791

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is now in a position to state the steps that are to be taken to inflict severer penalties on men judged guilty of profiteering or who evade the Regulations of his Department; if legislation is to be introduced; and, if so, when this will be done?


The Food Controller has examined this question and considers that there is at present no need of further legislative powers. He believes that the desired end can be effectively secured by strong administrative action and he is taking steps through the Divisional Food Commissioners and food control committees for this purpose. He will not, however, hesitate to press for further powers should those conferred by the Defence of the Realm (Food Profits) Act be found inadequate.