§ 46. Mr. LOGAN
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is now in a position to state whether, in view of the disclosures in the evidence respecting the manipulation of Chosen shares by agreement dated 26th June, 1929, to which 967 brokers and jobbers were party under the rules of the London Stock Exchange, he will take steps to oblige the committee of the London Stock Exchange either to alter their rules so as to protect the public against their members being party to pool and syndicate price fabrications such as were disclosed in the evidence given at the Guildhall on 13th April last, or to accept a charter?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Chamberlain)
I have read the evidence given on this occasion, and it does not appear to me, so far as I am able to form an opinion, that it supports the hon. Member's implication that, under the pooling arrangement in question, the price of the Chosen Corporation shares was fabricated. I see no reason for taking action on the lines suggested by the hon. Member, even if I had power to do so.
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
I have read the evidence and it does not seem to bear out the hon. Member's suggestion. He is confusing two entirely different transactions.