§ 42. Mr. LEACH
asked the President of the Board of Trade if the words "present financial situation," on page 1, line 8, of the Foodstuffs (Prevention of Exploitation) Bill, refer to a certain period or to any time at which action may be taken after the passing of the Measure into law?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Major Lloyd George)
The words refer to the situation arising from the suspension of the Gold Standard. As the hon. Member is aware, the operation of the Bill is limited to six months.
Major LLOYD GEORGE
I am not sure that I understand the hon. Member's question. The words mean from the date on which the Act becomes law and the Act will deal with offences after that date.
§ Mr. SPEAKER
The hon. Member will have an opportunity of raising that point later in the discussion on the Second Reading of the Bill.