§ 2. Mr. W. BAKER
asked the President of the Board of Trade in how many cases trade associations in this country exercise a control over prices; and what commodities are affected by such Regulation?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
I am not in a position to make a detailed and comprehensive statement of the kind which the hon. Member desires.
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-L1STER
No, Sir. If there is a particular item which is worthy of investigation, I shall be prepared to consider it.
§ Mr. B. SMITH
Is it not the fact that associations exist for the control of prices, and, if that is so, cannot we get the information sought for by this House?
Sir P. CUNLIFEE-LISTER
I cannot answer the last question. As regards the other point, I have no statutory powers to make inquiry, and I much doubt whether a roving inquiry, where you have no specific grievance to be investigated, would be desirable.