HC Deb 09 December 1941 vol 376 cc1366-7
3. Captain McEwen

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, before the recent application of a policy of concentration was applied to Scottish peltmongers, the Scottish Skinners' Association was consulted; and whether adequate safeguards will be incorporated in the scheme to ensure that discontinuing firms will be afforded a chance of restarting when control is taken off?

Sir A. Duncan

Yes, Sir. The Scottish Skinners' Association was consulted before the recent application of concentration to the Scottish peltmongers, and steps are being taken to ensure, so far as possible, that discontinuing firms in this industry will have the opportunity of restarting after the war.

Captain McEwen

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Scottish peltmongers feel very strongly that the reasons for so drastic a measure of concentration were not sufficiently explained to them?

Sir A. Duncan

No, Sir, I am not aware of that.