HC Deb 13 August 1919 vol 119 cc1537-8

Information and documents given or produced to the Board of Trade or to a committee or tribunal under this Act by a trader shall be treated as confidential, except in cases where the trader otherwise agrees, and in cases where legal proceedings are taken, for the purpose of such proceedings:

Provided that nothing herein shall be taken as preventing the Board or any committee or tribunal from publishing their findings and decisions.


I beg to move, at the beginning, to insert the words The proceedings before the Board of Trade or any committee or tribunal under this Act shall, unless in special cases the Board of Trade otherwise direct, be held in public where such proceedings are founded on a complaint as aforesaid. That provides for the publicity for which we undertook to make provision in the case of hearings held originally as the outcome of complaints.


I should like to thank the right hon. Gentleman for carrying out the promise he made this afternoon. He will understand that he has not gone the whole length that I should desire, but I am very glad that he has gone as far as ho has

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made:

After the word "documents" ["Information and documents given or produced"], insert the words "required to be."

Leave out the words "committee or tribunal," and insert instead thereof the words "the experts appointed."—[Sir A. Geddes.]

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

I beg to move, after the word "trader"["under this Act by a trader"], to insert the words "or manufacturer or trade combination."

Amendment negatived.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Can I have an explanation of the objection to those words?

Amendment made

Leave out the word "trader" ["where the trader otherwise agrees"], insert instead thereof the words "person giving or producing the same."—[Sir A. Geddes.]

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.