HC Deb 22 December 1919 vol 123 cc975-6
6. Major W. MURRAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the high prices charged at the quarry mouth for stone required for building; whether these prices are in any degree due to the action of combines, rings, or trusts; and, if so, whether he will take steps to have them reduced?


I have no information of any trust or combine of the nature referred to in the question. I should be grateful if my hon. and gallant Friend would supply me with particulars of any case he may have in mind.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in some cases these prices have risen by 400 or 500 per cent. when compared with the pre-war prices, and does he think that can be wholly accounted for by increased costs of production?

IMPORT PROHIBITION PROCLAMATIONS under Section 43 of the Customs Consolidation Act, 1876
Number of proclamation. Date of Proclamation. Articles covered. Modification to previous Proclamations.
5 May,1915. Belgian bank notes.
28 July,1915 Unset diamonds.
30 Nov.1915 Machine tools.
15Feb.1915 All materials for the manufacture of paper, including wood pulp, esparto grass, and linen and cotton rags. Paper and card board (including strawboard, paste board, millboard and wood pulp board), and manufactures of paper and card board. All periodical publications exceeding sixteen pages in length, imported otherwise than in single copies


I know that the increase is very great in some cases, but whether or not it is due to the action of combines I do not know.