§ 21. Sir A. YEO
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state particulars of the expenses incurred by his Department under the Profiteering Act; what is the staff which deals with this matter in London and in the country; and how many profiteering committees have been set up?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame)
The total expenditure incurred by the Board of Trade in the administration of the Profiteering Acts from the coming into force of the Act in August, 1919, to the 30th September last, was approximately £39,000. This sum does not include the cost of office rent, lighting or stationery. The staff employed in London number 121 and in the country 5. There are at present 1,803 Local Committees established by local authorities, in addition to which the Board of Trade has established 108 Appeal Tribunals to deal with appeals from the local committees, and the Central Committee to deal with oases of alleged profiteering on the part of wholesale traders and manufacturers.