64. Miss LEE
asked the President of the Board of Trade when the Food Council will begin to operate; and if it is the intention of the Government that this or a similar council will also deal with profiteering in building materials?
As I stated in reply to a question on 5th November, I have asked the Food Council to remain in being until the proposed Consumers' Council is set up. As regards building materials, I would explain that a Committee was set up in 1923 to survey and report on the prices of building materials. This Committee makes periodical reports, which are published.
I have indicated that, according to the present intention, the new Council will be a comprehensive body. I could not, however, give a precise reply on any particular point at present. The importance of the matter will not be overlooked.