HC Deb 23 July 1919 vol 118 cc1354-5
50. Mr. HIGHAM

asked the Prime Minister if he is in a position to inform the House of the names of those who will constitute the Select Committee on Profiteering; what are its terms of reference; docs the Government intend to take any action re profiteering pending the Report of this Select Committee; and, if not, will he explain the reason for not taking drastic action with those who are known to be overcharging the poor for coal and food?


As regards the first part of the question, the names and terms of reference appear on the Order Paper to-day. As regards the second and third parts, I cannot add anything to previous replies on this subject.

Captain W. BENN

Do the terms of reference include the effect of the import restrictions on prices?


I have no doubt that will be considered, but it is not included. The Government deliberately excluded it and other economic considerations from the scope of the inquiry on account of the time, and because there was a desire to come to an early decision.