HC Deb 11 August 1919 vol 119 cc874-5
58. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister what steps are now being taken to control the world supplies of food and raw material; whether the Allied and neutral nations are still being rationed; and whether any steps are being taken by the Concert of Allies or by the League of Nations to control the prices of food and raw materials?


The control of food and raw materials is exercised generally under the supervision of the Supreme Economic Council, but it is now proposed to create an international economic council to consult on economic matters and to advise the various Governments concerned pending the organisation of the League of Nations. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative. The question whether the control of prices is possible or desirable will no doubt be considered by the international economic council when formed.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Are the Government fully alive to the great importance and urgency of this matter, and can he assure me that his Department is alive and taking steps?


I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that both the Government and my Department are fully alive.