HC Deb 09 April 1940 vol 359 cc439-40
4. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, as it is the declared policy of His Majesty's Government to keep down the cost of living, he will take immediate, drastic, and retrospective action to obviate increases in the charges of lighting and heating companies, which in some cases amount to several hundred per cent., and which cause hardship and distress to many consumers, who have no alternative means of light or heat?

The President of the Board of Trade (Sir Andrew Duncan)

I am not aware of increases in charges for gas of the order suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend, but if he will forward to me particulars of any cases that he has in mind relating to gas charges, I will gladly look into them. Any Question relating to electricity prices should be addressed to my right hon. and gallant Friend the Minister of Transport.