§ 39. Mr. Bartlett
asked the Home Secretary whether, in order to prevent profiteering, he will take over all available supplies of stirrup pumps for distribution at a standard price?
§ Mr. H. Morrison
Under an Order made by the Board of Trade stirrup pumps are already price-regulated goods under the Prices of Goods Act. I am informed that the number available for sale outside the Government scheme is inconsiderable, and in the circumstances I do not think that there would be sufficient justification for the course proposed by my hon. Friend.
§ Mr. Bartlett
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in one town at least that I know of over 50 people have put down 270 their names at the local town hall for stirrup pumps at 21s., while just round the corner a shop is selling them at 30s., and ought not that to be stopped?
§ Mr. Morrison
That may be so, but it would be a negligible contribution to the problem, and would present administrative and financial problems out of proportion to the result that would be obtained.