HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 cc398-9
46. Major BARNES

asked the Prime Minister if he would order a public inquiry as to the necessity for the continuance of Government controls and licences for importing and exporting, and dealing in raw materials, and as to their effect on trade and the cost of living, with instructions to report its findings and recommendations at the earliest possible date?


The whole subject is engaging the attention of the Government, and I do not think the suggestion of my hon. Friend could be usefully adopted.


Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the results of such an inquiry would not only be of interest to the public, but of use to the Government in deciding upon the course of future legislation?


I do not think that that method of arriving at information would be found to attain the end which the hon. and gallant Member desires.