HC Deb 01 July 1919 vol 117 c763
47. Major NEWMAN

asked the Prime Minister whether, to better inform all classes of the community as to the reasons that have led to the increase in the cost of the necessaries of life, apart from food, he will recommend the appointment of a Select Committee to ascertain and report how much of such increase can be held to be due to an advance in the cost of raw material, to the advance in wages, and to profiteering in manufacture and sale?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

I do not think that the rise in prices, the extent to which materials and wages have increased, and the question of profiteering could satisfactorily be investigated by a Select Committee.