HC Deb 09 August 1920 vol 133 cc3-4

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government sale of flax by public auction resulted in a complete failure to sell; whether the bidding did not reach Government price; whether this price bore any relation to the state of the market; and whether it is the policy of the Government to exploit the needs of the community in this commodity?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Robert Horne)

The hon. Member appears to be under a misapprehension. No flax has been offered for sale at auction by the Government. I presume that the sale to which the hon. Gentleman refers was a sale of flax which was the property of the Latvian and the Lithuanian Governments, and His Majesty's Government have no control over it or over the policy pursued in regard to its sale.